Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Web Architecture Consultant specializing in open source frameworks.

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Spring Web Flow 2.0

The first milestone release of Spring Web Flow 2.0 has been released.

We are pleased to announce that the first milestone of the next generation version of Spring Web Flow is now available. Spring Web Flow 2.0 M1 introduces several major new features, including support for flow-managed persistence contexts, improved support for Java Server Faces, full unified expression language (EL) support, and a more comprehensive sample web application.

I think the most interesting part of this release is Spring Faces:

Spring Web Flow 2.0 M1 introduces the Spring Faces module (spring-faces-2.0-m1.jar), a component shipped with the Web Flow distribution that contains first-class support for organizations developing web applications with Java Server Faces. The pre-existing Web Flow + JSF integration has been factored out to this project, and this project will be the home of all future JSF integration work.

The Spring Faces module provides the Spring community a dedicated project for exploring additional JSF integration opportunities. The initial work in 2.0 M1 on this front introduces integration with Ext, a popular Javascript GUI widget framework.

Of course, I also like how the new sample app looks a lot like one of Seam's demos. ;-)

JSF has needed a good client-side validation framework for quite some time. I also like the Ext integration as most JSF date pickers are hideous. Well done gents.

Posted in Java at Aug 29 2007, 03:49:15 PM MDT 4 Comments
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Hey, it's good to see Spring stealin' our shizzle ;-) They have the same doc structure and it seems whoever put together Spring's has a similar fondness of "Trebuchet MS" and my CSS structure practices. It's good that they changed some colors and images through ;-)

Posted by Jacob Hookom on August 30, 2007 at 08:16 AM MDT #

What can I say, Jacob? You've got a fine eye for design. ;) Seriously though, a more extensive app "like Seam's booking sample" has been often requested by Web Flow users, so I figured there was no better place to start as time was limited...so thanks for the nice running start. :)

Posted by Jeremy Grelle on August 30, 2007 at 03:44 PM MDT #

Now I want the Seam guys to steal Spring's "ease-of-Tomcat-deployment"-feature.

Posted by Sakuraba on September 03, 2007 at 08:24 AM MDT #

I tried Spring Web Flow 2 with Spring Faces. The overall impression is great. The thing amazed me is that it nearly doesn't ask for any coding in the web tier. Although some people hate XML programming, the Spring Web Flow XML file allows us to directly invoke methods from the flow definition language to the service layer of the application. That greatly reduces the web programming efforts.

Posted by xinyu liu on July 24, 2008 at 10:46 AM MDT #

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