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JBoss RichFaces with Spring

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Getting the Project

I have used JBoss Tools to build the project.  You can of course use any tool of your choice. Below I show steps for how to import the project as a JSF project into JBoss Tools. You can also import the project as an existing Eclipse project. It's up to you. If you need to install JBoss Tools, here is a [link]

1. Download this project
2. Import the project into Eclipse
         1. File/Import/Other
         2. Select JSF Project
         3. Point to web.xml file and follow the wizard steps.

Before we continue, let's make sure that the project was deployed correctly and that we can run it. Start the server by right-clicking Tomcat in the Servers view and selecting Run.

Right-click the project and select Run As\Run On Server. You should get this welcome page.

Assembling the Application

Creating the Model

Let's start by creating the model for an order. In a real application, this object would usually be an entity – an object that is saved and retrieved from a database.

The class is called Order and looks like this (note the package):

package bar.model;

public class Order {

private String name;
private String email;
private String drink;
private String comments;

public Order(String name, String email, String drink, String comments) {
this.name = name;
this.email = email;
this.drink = drink;
this.comments = comments;

// getter and setters for each property

Don't forget to generate getters and setters for each property. There is nothing interesting about this object.

Creating the Order Service

Next we are going to create a service class that knows how to add a new order. You can place other methods into this service, such as finding and deleting orders.

The OrderService class looks  like this:

package bar.service;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;
import javax.annotation.PostConstruct;
import bar.model.Order;

public class OrderService {

private List <Order>orders;

public List<Order> getOrders() {
return orders;

public void addOrder (String name, String email, String drink, String comments){
Order order = new Order(name, email, drink, comments);

public void create (){
orders = new ArrayList <Order> ();

A few things to note:

  • This service class will keep the list of all orders.
  • The addOrder method adds a new order to the list.
  • The @PostConstruct annotation marks the create() method to be invoked right after the OrderService class has been created. To be more technically correct, this method is called after all injections have been satisfied. While the class doesn't have dependencies, this method is still invoked and is a good place to initialize any properties.  In our case, we initialize the list object. 

Registering as a Spring Bean

We also need to register the Service bean with Spring. We want Spring to manage this bean. Remember that we will first use XML to configure that. Registration looks like this:

<bean id="service" class="bar.service.OrderService" scope="session" />

id is just the id or the name of this bean.
We are placing this bean in session scope because we are keeping the list of all orders in it.

We used the @PostConstruct annotation to initialized the list property. This is a standard Java 5 annotation which is supported by Spring.
Note: for @PostConstruct, @PreDestory and @Resource annotations to work, the following has to be added to Spring configuration file:


Alternatively , Spring also provides init-method attribute when registering the bean as shown here:

<bean id="orderService" class="bar.service.Service" scope="session"  init-method="create"/>

This attribute points to a custom initialization method to invoke after setting bean properties.

A third option is to implement InitializingBean and DisposableBean interfaces: [http://static.springframework.org/spring/docs/2.5.x/reference/beans.html].

Next we are going to create two view beans, one for the wizard and one for displaying current orders.

richfaces-spring-wizard.zip11.15 MB
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Aleksandar Vidakovic replied on Mon, 2009/02/16 - 6:04pm

Salut Max,

interesting article. I've been experimenting with Richfaces and Spring for a while and would be extremely interested in the SpringWebflow integration...



Frederic Chopard replied on Tue, 2009/02/17 - 9:57am

Hello Max,


I'm trying to build my richbar application but when I click on the next button of the first wizard page, nothing happens. So I'd like to check your project but I can't find any link in your article. Where can I download your project files ?

Thanks !



Nitin Bharti replied on Tue, 2009/02/17 - 10:19am in response to: Frederic Chopard

Hi Wis,

 I believe  you can download the project template from here -- http://drop.io/usoalrd

I will add this to the main article as well. Sorry about that.



Gene De Lisa replied on Wed, 2009/02/25 - 9:08am

"In the “real” world, you would probably use Maven 2, but, to keep things simple and concentrate on RichFaces and Spring, we are going to use a ready-made project."

maven projects are "ready-made" and they don't have the disadvantages of the approach you have taken.

Other than that this is nothing more a mediocre do this do that tutorial.

Omar Palomino S... replied on Sun, 2009/03/08 - 10:28pm in response to: Aleksandar Vidakovic

Hi Max and Aleksandar,

 I'm also interesting in Spring Webflow integration [navigation rules are cumbersome :s]. I have a couple of implementations with both RichFaces, Spring and Jpa, and it's fun and easy to develop this way. Webflow would be a nice addition to this project acthitecture.

Tao Dong replied on Fri, 2009/03/13 - 2:34pm

Excellent Article. In case someone want to try it through Maven. Hope the following dependecy setting will save you some time.


        <!-- JBoss RichFaces Repository -->
             <name>Jboss Repository for Maven</name>

Max Katz replied on Mon, 2009/03/16 - 10:53am in response to: Tao Dong

Thanks taod!

ben salem replied on Tue, 2009/03/17 - 6:44pm

First, thanks for the great work :)


<cite> (Note - The Project Template for this article can be downloaded from http://drop.io/usoalrd) </cite>

 what is the pass for download ?

thanks in advance!

Anderson Santos replied on Wed, 2009/03/18 - 9:28am

Hi Buddy,


This article is just great, I have been looking for a steb by step like this one, for at least a month.


I just couldn't download the template for this project, could you please send it by e-mail to me, that link where you say to click for download is broken and the one in the first page os this article, I just couldn't use...





Jean Chastain replied on Wed, 2009/03/18 - 4:27pm

I would like to download the code, too.  I've done everything you said to do and can't get it to deploy to JBoss and was wondering if you had some configuration you didn't tell us about.

sam set replied on Sat, 2009/03/21 - 12:01pm in response to: Jean Chastain

hi, it's been quite some time i am trying to make richfaces 3.3 work with spring 2.0 webflow. Can somebody tell me how to download the source code. I visited http://drop.io/usoalrd, it's asking for password. What am i suppose to enter there ?

or, can you send me through email ?

Appreciate your help!



Aseem Monga replied on Tue, 2009/03/31 - 7:59am

A very good introduction. Can someone provide the password for downloading the project template?

Juan Gonzales replied on Wed, 2009/04/01 - 7:03pm

A very good ...could you please send it by e-mail to me  password











Max Katz replied on Sat, 2009/04/11 - 11:47am

Link to download project template has been updated.

Davut Uysal replied on Fri, 2009/04/17 - 9:48am

Thanks Max. It was great article!

shantanu banerjee replied on Sat, 2009/04/25 - 1:36am

Hi Max, I am going through your article as we speak. You writing is always so to-the-point. I like it very much. However the zip file is not working. Can you check if you get the opportunity? Shantanu

Donovan Makund replied on Sun, 2009/04/26 - 3:11pm in response to: Max Katz

The zip file cannot be extracted once downloaded.

shantanu banerjee replied on Thu, 2009/04/30 - 1:57am

As Donovan has pointed out, the zip file can not be extracted once downloaded. Can anyone please send the proper template zip to shanroam@yahoo.com. I would be immensely greatful.

Max Katz replied on Tue, 2009/05/05 - 1:45pm

Let's try this file. Here is what you need to do:

Download the template

In Eclipse:

  1. Select File/Import/General/Existing Project into Workspase
  2. Click Next
  3. Check 'Select arhcive file' option and browse to downloaded file
  4. Follow the wizards steps

shantanu banerjee replied on Thu, 2009/05/07 - 8:08am

I somehow cannot download the file from the link that Max provided in the last post. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Max Katz replied on Tue, 2009/05/19 - 6:05pm in response to: shantanu banerjee

I'm not sure why the link is not working. Try this one: http://www.filedropper.com/richfaces-spring

Donovan Makund replied on Sat, 2009/06/06 - 11:48am

Hello Max, I was able to implement a prototype using Richfaces 3.3.1, Spring 2.5.5, JSF 1.2 with Spring managing all the beans. I am now trying to add Facelets 1.1.14 into the mix for template features. Have you tried this combination before?

Max Katz replied on Fri, 2009/06/12 - 11:18am in response to: Donovan Makund

If you look in my template, I used Facelets. So yes, you can (and should) use Facelets.

Mohsin Khan replied on Tue, 2009/06/16 - 2:30pm

Hi i am not able to run the application.Getting following exception javax.faces.FacesException: UIInclude component j_id10 could't include page with path at org.ajax4jsf.taglib.html.facelets.IncludeHandler.applyNextHandler(IncludeHandler.java:83) at com.sun.facelets.tag.jsf.ComponentHandler.apply(ComponentHandler.java:169) at com.sun.facelets.tag.jsf.ComponentHandler.applyNextHandler(ComponentHandler.java:314) at com.sun.facelets.tag.jsf.ComponentHandler.apply(ComponentHandler.java:169) at com.sun.facelets.tag.CompositeFaceletHandler.apply(CompositeFaceletHandler.java:47) at com.sun.facelets.tag.jsf.ComponentHandler.applyNextHandler(ComponentHandler.java Please help me Mohsin

Martin Haas replied on Mon, 2009/06/22 - 5:50am

None of the links above is working. Another source where I can download the project? The linked project is corrupt and all other links in the comments are broken.

Max Katz replied on Mon, 2009/06/22 - 3:26pm in response to: Mohsin Khan

Is this the full stack trace?

Max Katz replied on Mon, 2009/06/22 - 3:29pm in response to: Martin Haas

Let's try one more time: http://drop.io/pnbhzls

stu bilton replied on Thu, 2009/07/16 - 10:26am

Hi Max,

Firstly thanks for this article it's good to have a straigthforward example of using these frameworks together.

 I do have a problem running this on a was 6.1 instance. (However I don't think this is the issue here). I've placed the code into an existing webb app project to prove the spring framework can run in an existing richfaces / facelets implementation

 My stack trace on requesting http://localhost:9080/MyProjectName/start.jsf is as follows

java.io.NotSerializableException: bar.service.OrderService
at java.io.ObjectOutputStream.writeObject0(ObjectOutputStream.java:1113)
at java.io.ObjectOutputStream.defaultWriteFields(ObjectOutputStream.java:1467)
at java.io.ObjectOutputStream.writeSerialData(ObjectOutputStream.java:1439)
at java.io.ObjectOutputStream.writeOrdinaryObject(ObjectOutputStream.java:1382)
at java.io.ObjectOutputStream.writeObject0(ObjectOutputStream.java:1111)
at java.io.ObjectOutputStream.writeObject(ObjectOutputStream.java:325)
at java.util.HashMap.writeObject(HashMap.java:1290)
at sun.reflect.GeneratedMethodAccessor13.invoke(Unknown Source)
at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:43)
at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:618)
at java.io.ObjectStreamClass.invokeWriteObject(ObjectStreamClass.java:973)
at java.io.ObjectOutputStream.writeSerialData(ObjectOutputStream.java:1431)
at java.io.ObjectOutputStream.writeOrdinaryObject(ObjectOutputStream.java:1382)
at java.io.ObjectOutputStream.writeObject0(ObjectOutputStream.java:1111)
at java.io.ObjectOutputStream.writeArray(ObjectOutputStream.java:1343)
at java.io.ObjectOutputStream.writeObject0(ObjectOutputStream.java:1107)
at java.io.ObjectOutputStream.writeArray(ObjectOutputStream.java:1343)
at java.io.ObjectOutputStream.writeObject0(ObjectOutputStream.java:1107)
at java.io.ObjectOutputStream.writeArray(ObjectOutputStream.java:1343)
at java.io.ObjectOutputStream.writeObject0(ObjectOutputStream.java:1107)
at java.io.ObjectOutputStream.writeArray(ObjectOutputStream.java:1343)
at java.io.ObjectOutputStream.writeObject0(ObjectOutputStream.java:1107)
at java.io.ObjectOutputStream.writeArray(ObjectOutputStream.java:1343)
at java.io.ObjectOutputStream.writeObject0(ObjectOutputStream.java:1107)
at java.io.ObjectOutputStream.writeObject(ObjectOutputStream.java:325)
at com.sun.faces.renderkit.ResponseStateManagerImpl.writeState(ResponseStateManagerImpl.java:269)
at javax.faces.render.ResponseStateManager.writeState(ResponseStateManager.java:166)
at org.ajax4jsf.application.AjaxStateManager.writeState(AjaxStateManager.java:294)
at org.ajax4jsf.application.AjaxStateManager.writeState(AjaxStateManager.java:256)
at com.sun.facelets.FaceletViewHandler.renderView(FaceletViewHandler.java:606)
at org.ajax4jsf.application.ViewHandlerWrapper.renderView(ViewHandlerWrapper.java:100)
at org.ajax4jsf.application.AjaxViewHandler.renderView(AjaxViewHandler.java:176)
at com.sun.faces.lifecycle.RenderResponsePhase.execute(RenderResponsePhase.java:110)
at com.sun.faces.lifecycle.Phase.doPhase(Phase.java:100)
at com.sun.faces.lifecycle.LifecycleImpl.render(LifecycleImpl.java:139)
at javax.faces.webapp.FacesServlet.service(FacesServlet.java:266)
at com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.servlet.ServletWrapper.service(ServletWrapper.java:1103)
at com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.servlet.ServletWrapper.service(ServletWrapper.java:1038)
at com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.filter.WebAppFilterChain.doFilter(WebAppFilterChain.java:145)
at org.ajax4jsf.webapp.BaseXMLFilter.doXmlFilter(BaseXMLFilter.java:178)
at org.ajax4jsf.webapp.BaseFilter.handleRequest(BaseFilter.java:290)
at org.ajax4jsf.webapp.BaseFilter.processUploadsAndHandleRequest(BaseFilter.java:390)
at org.ajax4jsf.webapp.BaseFilter.doFilter(BaseFilter.java:517)
at com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.filter.FilterInstanceWrapper.doFilter(FilterInstanceWrapper.java:190)
at com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.filter.WebAppFilterChain.doFilter(WebAppFilterChain.java:130)
at com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.filter.WebAppFilterChain._doFilter(WebAppFilterChain.java:87)
at com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.filter.WebAppFilterManager.doFilter(WebAppFilterManager.java:834)
at com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.filter.WebAppFilterManager.doFilter(WebAppFilterManager.java:682)
at com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.servlet.ServletWrapper.handleRequest(ServletWrapper.java:566)
at com.ibm.ws.wswebcontainer.servlet.ServletWrapper.handleRequest(ServletWrapper.java:486)
at com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.webapp.WebApp.handleRequest(WebApp.java:3440)
at com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.webapp.WebGroup.handleRequest(WebGroup.java:267)
at com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.WebContainer.handleRequest(WebContainer.java:815)
at com.ibm.ws.wswebcontainer.WebContainer.handleRequest(WebContainer.java:1461)
at com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.channel.WCChannelLink.ready(WCChannelLink.java:118)
at com.ibm.ws.http.channel.inbound.impl.HttpInboundLink.handleDiscrimination(HttpInboundLink.java:458)
at com.ibm.ws.http.channel.inbound.impl.HttpInboundLink.handleNewInformation(HttpInboundLink.java:387)
at com.ibm.ws.http.channel.inbound.impl.HttpInboundLink.ready(HttpInboundLink.java:267)
at com.ibm.ws.tcp.channel.impl.NewConnectionInitialReadCallback.sendToDiscriminators(NewConnectionInitialReadCallback.java:214)
at com.ibm.ws.tcp.channel.impl.NewConnectionInitialReadCallback.complete(NewConnectionInitialReadCallback.java:113)
at com.ibm.ws.tcp.channel.impl.AioReadCompletionListener.futureCompleted(AioReadCompletionListener.java:165)
at com.ibm.io.async.AbstractAsyncFuture.invokeCallback(AbstractAsyncFuture.java:217)
at com.ibm.io.async.AsyncChannelFuture.fireCompletionActions(AsyncChannelFuture.java:161)
at com.ibm.io.async.AsyncFuture.completed(AsyncFuture.java:136)
at com.ibm.io.async.ResultHandler.complete(ResultHandler.java:195)
at com.ibm.io.async.ResultHandler.runEventProcessingLoop(ResultHandler.java:743)
at com.ibm.io.async.ResultHandler$2.run(ResultHandler.java:873)
at com.ibm.ws.util.ThreadPool$Worker.run(ThreadPool.java:1473)


Do you have any idea why I'm getting a NotSerializeableException thrown when trying to instantiate this bean? (presumeably through Spring DI ?(I'm a newbie when it comes to jsf and spring))



Max Katz replied on Thu, 2009/07/16 - 10:47am

Not sure why you get this exception, the server is trying to save/restore the class from somewhere. Try adding implements java.io.Serializable to the class.

stu bilton replied on Thu, 2009/07/16 - 11:00am in response to: Max Katz

Thanks Max.

 I thought that might (and did) do the trick.  As a newbie just wondered if the stack trace might shed any light on why the exception was throwing.


Keep the articles coming . Thanks again


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