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From Aleksei Valikov <>
Subject Re: Run-time component generation
Date Tue, 12 Sep 2006 07:49:41 GMT

> Aleksei,
> This is very interesting what you've done.
 > The source code would definitely be more enlightening.

As far as I understood my management, we won't be releaseing it open source. But 
of course I can share parts of the code.

 > How do you do these expanding/contracting panels?

They are actually not substracting/contracting. It's dynamic adding/removing of 

That's how it works. [+] and [-] buttons are AjaxCommandLinks with normal images 
inside of them (see ajax4jsf library for the ajax components). They have bound 
action handlers which know "their" panels.

When the link is clicked, ajax4jsf sends the request to the server and action 
handler is invoked. The action handler (let's take [+] for instance) then knows 
that he has to add new controls to his panel. These new controls are built in 
the runtime and after that added to the corresponding panel.

The [+] AjaxCommandLink has its reRender attribute set to its panel id. So after 
the action handler is invoked on the server side, the panel just gets 
re-rendered within the page and it showes new controls after that.

AJAX with ajax4jsf has actually minimal impact on the processing. ajax4jsf is 
really very non-intrusive. I can change all AjaxCommandLinks back to 
HtmlCommandLinks and it will work just as well - with the exception that the 
whole page will be reloaded on each button click.

The "tricky" part here is component creation. Well, it's also not tricky. You 
just have to do what tags do - instantiate the components, add value/method 
bindings, add children components or facets. Not too complex.

I am currently trying to extract business non-specific and non-critical things 
into an open-source project.


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