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Notes On Choosing A Web Framework

I’m looking at starting a new project and once again find myself choosing between frameworks. Having spent some time evaluating different ones I wrote up some notes to share and get some feedback that might alter my thoughts or opinions. Here’s the criteria I’m using to choose a framework in no particular order.
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Open Source is Hard

I’ve been working on getting my procedural texture library completed and released to the public which should be ready next week. I’m currently going through the difficulties that always go with getting that last bit of polish on a project to get it ready for public consumption. In particular, I’ve just switched over to maven as a build process and moved it into Project Kenai.
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Seam versus Spring Web Flow part 1

This is the first of a four part series comparing Seam and Spring Web Flow (SWF) from different aspects, primarily with respect to building web based CRUD applications. It includes writing a simple but fairly complete application using both frameworks and then comparing the differences between the Seam and the SWF implementation.

This first part starts by taking a look at the two frameworks, where they come from and briefly, how they are used.

(Updated 1/19/2009 : Changed links to point to the whole set of articles)
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In defence of hidden fields with Seam

In this post about pagination with Seam entity queries, I outline a method to encapsulate the pagination mechanism in a facelet that internally uses hidden fields to hold the state. Alexander R?hl pointed out that Dan Allen in his book Seam In Action recommends avoiding hidden fields in favor of page parameters lest they become a tangled mess. It’s a fair point, and one that probably deserves a better answer than a brief post comment. Read More »