[ajug-members] Is RichFaces still a viable candidate?
Joe Sam Shirah
joe_sam at bellsouth.net
Thu Oct 11 12:39:16 EDT 2007
Apropos both a query at JaxJUG regarding Glassfish, and recent posts
about open source at AJUG:
I'm starting a new project using SJSAS 9.1 (productized version of
Glassfish to keep the client happy,) and Facelets. In many ways this is a
dream project, in that everything will be from scratch except for an
existing database. For some parts of the app, after quite a bit of review I
decided to use RichFaces and spent several days (ending yesterday morning)
creating an initial prototype.
Yesterday evening, I went to check something on the live demo and here's
what I see:
If you didn't click it yet, what you *now* get is:
which is a registration form asking for:
Red Hat's trusted partner, Exadel, who originally developed and open sourced
RichFaces, maintains a RichFaces demo application that showcases the
different components available in RichFaces.
Register to view the demo, and learn how to use the RichFaces JSF library
Please complete this form with a valid email address to access the demo.
* First Name:
* Last Name:
* Email Address:
* Business Phone:
* Country: "
This is bothersome to me, because it turned me off and I expect it will
turn off many other developers. If one has to register with contact info to
*see a demo*, what lies in the future? Especially given this quote:
"In time, RichFaces is expected to be integrated into JBoss Enterprise
Platforms, at which point it will be supported via Red Hat subscriptions."
given in a number of press blurbs like:
Incidentally, to me this requirement tends to make me wonder about the
overflow to other products like Seam.
I'm at a point where it will cost me billing for several days (my
business ethics don't include billing for something I have to revamp due to
my *apparently* poor choice) and time for my client, but I can still avoid
being stuck with a product that dies from self-inflicted injuries or becomes
proprietary while billing itself as open source.
So, any thoughts?
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