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There is currently no commercial quality JSF component library available which is supported for use in RAD. Since JWL was deprecated by IBM, we developed our web applications using RichFaces. RichFaces has a pretty decent visual appearance but both v3.x and 4.x have proved so buggy that, even after some hacks and prolonged fighting with the library, we were barely able to release our web applications for general use. We also tried to get support from Redhat but they only support RichFaces as part of their full application server. Fed up with RichFaces we have begun investigating PrimeFaces and Oracle ADF Faces. PrimeFaces has obvious visual flaws on their demo web site (with AutoComplete and DataTable) and, at $10,000 per year, their support contract is overpriced. That leaves Oracle's ADF Faces which only comes with JDeveloper or Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse which would either mean abandoning RAD or trying to get OEPE to work in RAD. Without a commercial quality JSF component library, RAD is incomplete for developing web applications. It seems to us that IBM should either partner with PrimeTek or Red Hat to provide a supported commercial quality JSF component library or else provide your own (a la JWL).
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