[jboss-user] [JBoss Seam] - Re: While Seam is great, is any weakness of this framework?

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Thu May 3 13:41:01 EDT 2007

anonymous wrote : The thing I don't like about seam-gen, is that I feel like my applications gets to have lots of code I don't quite understand... ...

Hey, this isn't app fuse ;-)

I had the exact same problem with app fuse, so I understand your concern, but seam-gen creates very little code and it is mostly config stuff, almost all of which is documented in the pdf reference guide.

The only generated code is the authenticator.java which is simply a class with an empty authenticate function. Beyond that, it is just configuration stuff. 

I do agree with you on the aspect of understanding some of the security stuff, but that mostly comes from me not knowing drools & security. 

My only other criticism comes from the silent failures. Where something doesn't work, but it won't say why. You create a page, click a link, and nothing happens, no log generated on the server, nothing, or you are using a datatable, and click a link to go to a new page and find the datamodelselection is either null or the first item.  Those are the problems which make you pull your hair out and at the end are usually annoyingly simple and obvious. Then again, thats probably not so much seam specific as I'm sure other frameworks have the same problem.

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