JAX 2005: JSF Workshop

I decided to go for this workshop out of two reasons:
First we are currently starting a new project with one of our clients at Jato Consulting where we might haven’t decided the view component yet.
Second JSF is a standard an one of my co-workers advocates standards.
I must admit that I do not like Struts, mainly because I think that Rod Johnson is right about what he criticizes on the design of Struts. So JSF is – as a kind of standardized follow up of Struts – not my best choice at first hand.
Nevertheless I also must admit that I haven’t looked at JSF in detail.
After this Workshop: JSF looks like a cool concept.
But besides being a standard I miss the USP of JSF (unique selling point of Java ServerFaces). Ok JSF got converters, which are nice, but still I miss the Aha- or Wow-Effect.
The best part of the presentation was the CD with a running Eclipse-JSF-Tomcat-Tutorial-Environment. Excelent to have all this set up, including a clean Ant-Build. Nice.
But besides this the workshop wasn’t really good. There were too many people. So there where JDK Problems here, deployment problems there… And there was nothing to do in the meanwhile, mainly because the Workshop character was missing. It was mainly a presentation including a CD with code and some setup issues. :(
And I also – as always – get the impression that most developers are bad presenter. So I guess that I won’t go to a workshop at JAX anymore, but rather go for the management day.

Posted by Karsten at 11.05.05 09:56 | TrackBack
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