Two Exadel employees, Max Katz and Ilya Shaikovsky, got to see their book, Practical RichFaces (2nd Edition), published by Apress last week. This book is perfect for anyone with a basic knowledge of JavaServer Faces who wants to learn how to build AJAX-based applications with RichFaces. The book covers RichFaces 4, which is based on JSF 2. It doesn’t overwhelm you by documenting every last little detail in RichFaces 4, but still covers everything, so that developers at all levels of experience in RichFaces will get a lot out of this book.
It makes perfect sense that Exadel employees would be the ones to produce the most authoritative book on RichFaces. Exadel and RichFaces are very intertwined. It all started as “Telamon,” an idea from Alexander Smirnov about enabling AJAX in JSF applications. Alexander came to work at Exadel to further his idea. His idea became two interconnected products, Ajax4jsf and RichFaces. In 2007, Red Hat/JBoss bought these two products and eventually merged them as RichFaces. Red Hat also hired Exadel to continue to develop RichFaces, a relationship that continued until very recently.
Here’s how everyone came together to make this book:
Author Max Katz is a senior system engineer at Exadel. By working closely with Exadel’s RichFaces team throughout the history of RichFaces, Max has become the preeminent educator for all things RichFaces: writing articles, providing training, presenting at conferences and in webinars, and blogging. He is the author of the first edition of the book.
Author Ilya Shaikovsky was the Exadel product manager for the RichFaces project starting in the beginning with Ajax4jsf. He is till a prolific RichFaces blogger on the JBoss site. He continues to work with Exadel on other projects.
Technical Reviewer Nick Belaevski was the Exadel team leader for the RichFaces project. He continues to work with Exadel on other projects.
Technical Reviewer Alexander Smirnov is, of course, the original creator of the basis of RichFaces. He was the architect on the Exadel team for the RichFaces project. After the end of Exadel’s RichFaces team, Alexander decided to strike out on his own starting a semantic Web technology company called netoprise. We look for great things to come out of Alex’s new venture!