Monday, November 26, 2012

jQuery dynatree adapter for JSF 2


dynatree-for-jsf is a JSF 2 adapter for dynatree jQuery plugin ( dynatree allows to dynamically create html tree view controls using JavaScript.

Why this adapter though Richfaces or Primefaces already implements> tree components ? Because dynatree has more features, is more mature, robust and is a prooven component.

Source code and sample are available on 
Sample is running on Cloudbees at


This adapter handles events for all of the dynatree events. All events can be mapped to JSF ajax events.
Here is a typical use of the adapter

onLazyRead and onActivate ajax events are binded to methods of the managed bean treeBean.
  • lazyRead populates the tree dynamicaly.
  • activate refresh a JSF panel with the selected node key.
All with Ajax.
This project does not include jquery, nor dynatree. You should include their by yourself.


I have create an example with an infinite ajax tree
Browse to http://localhost:8080/tree/tree.jsf
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Apache License, Version 2.0



Authors of dynatree, a great component. Authors of Primefaces and Mojarra, a source of inspiration on how to create an JSF 2 component with Ajax behaviour

Monday, April 30, 2012

Lucene Generic Highlighter

I have pushed on GitHub a projet on how to create a generic highlighter with Apache Lucene.

Original Lucene Highlighter is too much coupled with snippet highlighting and :
  • Do not allow easily to highlight a whole text 
  • Handles only text with a formatter strongly coupled to text 
 I have modified the original Lucene Highlighter to allow highlighting of "anything". The highlighter is a callback instead of a formatter and it's purpose is to find terms in a whole text with a score. I used this code to highlight XML, PDF, HTML... with or without Solr.

Note : This project is an extract of a large project with submodule.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Play! vs Spring MVC - View / Controller performance

Subbu Allamaraju posted an excellent article about Node.js vs Play! for Front-End Apps.

Play! is an excellent Web framework which is quite similar to Spring MVC on the view/controller aspect and is using Groovy as the view technology.

Spring usual views (JSP, JSTL, Freemarker, Velocity) are quite outdated and I do not understand why Spring does not improve them and why Matt Raible set their as a "pro" in his comparaison.

I believe in using the Grails View as the Spring MVC View. See my previous article about the "How To" and according to the Spring MVC roadmap, Grails View support will be added to Spring 3.1.

Let's benchmark Play! vs Spring MVC with Grails View. This microbenchmark will focus only on the view/controller performance.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Grails Taglib : The template composition pattern

Grails leverages Sitemesh, a decorator engine, to support view layouts. Sitemesh layout is restricted to page layout and are not applicable to do template layout. For example a template layout which describes the composition of a table and a toolbar.

The purpose of this taglib is to define a ui composition pattern to leverage template layout.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

JSF2 - Benchmark datatable

In this article I will bench the datatables of 3 JSF2 components frameworks :
  • Icefaces 2
  • Primefaces
  • Richfaces

I will focus on efficiency : page size, ajax request/response size, server load, and not on features.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Grails View as Spring MVC View


The reference documentation of Spring 3 contains the following statements:

One of the areas in which Spring excels is in the separation of view technologies from the rest of the MVC framework. For example, deciding to use Velocity or XSLT in place of an existing JSP is primarily a matter of configuration. This chapter covers the major view technologies that work with Spring and touches briefly on how to add new ones.

The supported views are "JSP & JSTL", "Tiles", "Velocity & FreeMarker", "XSLT". Those are the major view technologies that work with Spring. The Spring MVC stack is usually : Spring MVC + JSP/JSTL + Tiles or SiteMesh. All these tools sound outdated, always usefull but outdated. On the other side there are frameworks like JSF, Grails, Play! (not exhaustive list) which come with great views more up to date.

Grails is the most logical choice because it uses Spring MVC internally. The task should be easier. To be honest this choice is not a very hard one because Grails view is elegant.