royjavelosa royjavelosa - 3 years ago 196
Java Question

What is the difference between javax.faces-2.1.14.jar from jsf-api-2.2.0-m05.jar and jsf-impl-2.2.0-m05.jar

I am confused between the difference of javax.faces-2.1.14.jar from jsf-api-2.2.0-m05.jar and jsf-impl-2.2.0-m05.jar
I am trying to make a jsf project without using maven and while searching for examples I saw different jar dependencies on different tutorials. The tutorial from coreservlets uses javax.faces-2.1.14.jar and the other tutorial I saw from a different site uses 2 jar files jsf-api-2.2.0-m05.jar and jsf-impl-2.2.0-m05.jar
Id like to know the difference of these two set of dependencies.
Thanks in advance guys.

Lan Lan
Answer Source

The jsf-api-xxx.jar contains classes that are under packages java package javax.faces. The classes in this jar are implementation of standard API defined by JSF specification. The jsf-impl-xxx.jar contains classes that are under java package com.sun.faces, which as the java package indicates, is Sun's own class for JSF implementation.

The javax.faces-xxx.jar actually merges the previous two jar files together. In the Maven repository, it is under org.glassfish groupId. You will find both javax.faces and com.sun.faces java package inside.

So what should you use for your development? Actually you can use both. But the recommended way is to include jsf-api-xxx.jar only in the compilation classpath. Thus your own application does not depend on any classes under com.sun.faces package to achieve the portability to other JSF implementations. If you are using an application such as GlassFish, the container should already provide the JSF implementation at runtime. You should not package the above JSF jar files with your war or ear file, as server will provide all of them. If you use a container that does not come with a JSF implementation by default such as Tomcat, you need to package javax.faces-xxx.jar or (jsf-api-xxx.jar + jsf-impl-xxx.jar) in the WEB-INF/lib.

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