Kito D. Mann is the Principal Consultant at Virtua, Inc. (, specializing in enterprise application architecture, training, development, and mentoring with JavaServer Faces, HTML5 Web Components, Polymer, portlets, Liferay, and Java EE technologies. He is also the editor-in-chief of (, co-host of the Enterprise Java Newscast (, and the author of JavaServer Faces in Action (Manning). Mann has participated in several Java Community Process expert groups (including CDI, JSF and Portlets) and is also an internationally recognized speaker. He holds a BA in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.

JavaServer Faces and HTML5 Web Components: Synergy?

It’s no secret that developers crave working with packaged, re-usable bits of functionality. Whether it’s a class, library, or user interface component, the value proposition is similar: you can focus on the core aspects of your application without reinventing the wheel. JavaServer Faces (JSF) provides a battle-tested user interface component model that runs on the server but renders to a client (which is almost always a web browser). Over time, however, web browsers have become much more capable, especially with HTML5. One emerging part of HTML5 is Web Components, which provides a client-side user interface component model that runs entirely in the browser.

So, what does this mean for server-side component frameworks like JSF? Is there any synergy with Web Components? Can they be used together? In this session, we examine how each component model works, how they differ, what they have in common, and how they can work together.