Red Hat
Dec 22, 2009
by Jay Balunas

The RichFaces team is pleased to announce that the first milestone of RichFaces 3.3.3 has been released! This is the first development milestone for the 3.3.3 release. You can download the bits from the project milestone page or if you are using maven, you can update your dependencies following the RichFaces Maven wiki page.

The 3.3.3 release is a special release for RichFaces because it brings JSF 2.0 support to the 3.3.X branch. With this release you will be able to run your existing RichFaces applications with JSF 2.0. This is an important step in migrating your existing applications to JSF 2.0.

When you innovate on top of a standard the way RichFaces 3.X did on top of JSF 1.2 there are bound to be a few issues when the standard changes as much as it did with JSF 2.0. While the 3.3.3 release will let you run your applications with JSF 2.0. you'll still need to wait for RichFaces 4.0 for complete JSF 2.0 integration, development, and extensions. There are a couple of known issues, and limitations that you should be aware of, and they can be reviewed at our wiki page : RichFaces 3.3.3 and JSF 2.0. We'll do what we can in the remaining 3.3.3 milestone release to address these, but there are a few items that will need to wait for 4.0.

We wanted to keep this a small and focused release, but this was more than just a release for adding JSF 2.0 support. There were a few stabilization issues we wanted to get in, some other issues brought up by our community. You can check out the full list in the release notes for 3.3.3.BETA1.

We would like to as ask our community to give 3.3.3.BETA1 a shot with JSF 2.0 and let us know is you find any issues. We'll be following up this release with either a BETA2 or a CR1 release depending on number of issues found, and complexity of the fixes.

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