More JSF 2 Features

First Milestone of Spring Web Flow 2.2

Jessica Thornsby

Spring Web Flow 2.2 supports new JSF 2 features and component libraries, including partial state saving and the ResourceHandler API.

The first milestone of Spring Web Flow 2.2 is out now!

Spring Web Flow aims to provide the infrastructure for
building and running rich web applications. It builds on the Spring
Web MVC framework, which is a module for developing web
applications with Spring using the ModelViewController

This milestone extends the list of supported JSF 2 features and
JSF 2 component libraries. These include a ResourceHandler API for
serving resources. In Web Flow, JSF resource URLs point back to the
Spring MVC DispatcherServlet. Users can also access partial state
saving functionality. The JSF 2 features that aren’t supported, are
the ones where Web Flow already provides core value, for example,
navigation and scopes.

Also revealed at the release announcement, is that the Spring
Web Flow team are currently working with the PrimeFaces team, to
provide Spring Web Flow integration with the PrimeFaces library of

The announcement promises that Spring Web Flow 2.2 will be
released with JSF 2 samples featuring PrimeFaces components. A
release candidate is expected at the end of this month, in sync
with the PrimeFaces 2.2 release.

Please note that this release requires JDK 1.5, Spring 3 and
Spring Security 3 to run.

Web Flow 3 is currently in development. According to the blog
post, the “defining feature” of Web Flow 3 will be Java flow
definitions, and the JSF work being undertaken in the 2.2 branch
will also be included in the 3.0 branch.

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