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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Visual JSF Development (Facelets)

I was looking for Visual JSF development tools with Facelets support today. But to my surprise the IDE industry is lagging so behind in this regard.

I have tried the following IDEs to find the best support of JSF :
Oracle JDeveloper
IDEAs IntelliJ
& NetBeans


None of these seem to offer complete JSF support for facelets. But, all hope is not lost. Another IDE called "myeclipse" offers great support for JSF development with facelets.

Check this out :
http://www.myeclipseide.com/documentation/quickstarts/facelets/

Some Observations :
Oracle JDeveloper was good at Visual preview of your code but doesnt offer the JSF tags to drag and drop.
IDEA's IntelliJ doesnt not have visual support but its great with Spring Web Flow and other features.
NetBeans was great at JSF development with JSP but not Facelets. Although it has limited support to drag and drop JSF tags on to code but it doesnt show you how it looks. You have to view it in a browser.
Myeclipse seems to have complete support but I still have to get it to working.

to be continued.....
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