In his blog
, Keith poses a question “Are you using JSF or intending to?”. So here goes, these are my reasons for learning JSF.
- The answer Keith didn’t want. It’s a standard. I know this is a very boring and possibly not very good reason, but I’m interested in the new Java EE 5 spec and JSF is a part of the new spec.
- I don’t know JSF yet. This may sound pretty obvious, but I want to learn JSF because I don’t know it. If I don’t know JSF well enough to develop applications in it, I can’t really say whether it is fit for the types of applications I develop or whether I should be using some other framework like Struts or Wicket or Spring MVC.
- I want to learn Seam. Seam is based upon JSF, so its probably a good idea to get a good grounding in the basics before progressing to the next stage.
- JSF will supposedly allow me to develop web apps quickly. Whether this is true or not, I’m sure I’ll soon find out!
So, will I ever deploy an application with JSF? I don’t know, I’m still in the early stages of learning. I know there is plenty of information on the internet regarding peoples opinions of various technologies including JSF, but how much of it is FUD and how much is reasoned criticism?