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Mastering JavaServer Faces 2.2 by Anghel Leonard

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Chapter 12. Facelets Templating

In this chapter, we will cover several aspects of Facelets templating and some related aspects.

JSF is defined as a component-based application development framework. When we say Facelets, we mean friendly page development, reusability of code, templating, composition components, custom logic tags, expression functions, high-performance rendering, optimized compilation time, and so on. But what actually is Facelets? Well, Facelets represents a VDL (View Declaration Language), and initially, it was created as an alternative to JSP. During JSF 1.1 and 1.2, this view handler can be used only after a separate download and configuration, while JSP was the default view handler. Things started to change with JSF 2.0, when ...

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