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h1. {anchor:EasyAjaxPush-EasyAjaxPushTutorial}Master Details Tutorial

Master-Details update forms are commonly used for selecting an item from a list and then updating the details of that item. This example will show how you can easily set up a form to select an employee and update the employee details.

This tutorial uses an ICE dataTable with a rowSelector.
Here is the entire list of steps worked through during this tutorial:
# [Make the masterDetails Project|#step1]
# [Add ICEfaces|#step2]
# [Create masterDetails.xhtml|#step3]
# [Create|#step4]
# [Create|#step5]
# [Deploy the Application|#step6]

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h3. Development Tools Used

The following tools were used to create the project.
* [Eclipse|] IDE for Java EE Developers - Version Juno
* [Tomcat 7.x|] Web Server
* [Java 6.x|]
* ICEfaces 3

h3. {anchor:step1}1. Make the masterDetails Project

* Using Eclipse create a new Dynamic Web Project called masterDetails.
** Target runtime: Apache Tomcat v7.0
** Dynamic web module version: 3.0
** Configuration: JavaServer Faces v2.0 Project (Mojarra)

h3. {anchor:step2}2. Add ICEfaces

Add the icefaces.jar (from the ICEfaces 3 bundle) to your project, either through a custom User Library or by putting them into masterDetails /WEB-INF/lib/. The approach doesn't matter as long as the jars are included in the deployed war file.

h3. {anchor:step3}3. Create masterDetails.xhtml

Create a new page called masterDetails.xhtml and paste the code below:
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8' ?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
<html xmlns=""
<title>Master/Details demo</title>
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"
href="./xmlhttp/css/rime/rime.css" />
<h:form id="master">

<ace:panel header="Staff List" toggleable="true" style="width: 50%">

<ice:dataTable id="masterTable" value="#{dataTableBean.personData}"
<ice:column id="id" headerText="ID">
<ice:rowSelector value="#{person.selected}"
selectionListener="#{dataTableBean.selectionListener}" />
<h:outputText id="idCell" value="#{}" />

<ice:column id="name" headerText="Full Name">
<h:outputText id="nameCell" value="#{}" />

<ice:column id="address" headerText="Address">
<h:outputText id="addressCell" value="#{person.address}" />
<p />

<h:form id="details">

<ace:panel header="Staff Member Details" toggleable="true"
style="width: 50%" collapsed="#{dataTableBean.detailsHidden}">
<ice:panelGrid columns="2">
<ice:outputLabel for="firstName" value="First Name" />
<h:inputText id="firstName"
value="#{dataTableBean.personDetails.firstName}" size="55">
<f:ajax event="change" listener="#{dataTableBean.changeListener}"/>

<ice:outputLabel for="lastName" value="Last Name" />
<h:inputText id="lastName"
value="#{dataTableBean.personDetails.lastName}" size="55">
<f:ajax event="change" listener="#{dataTableBean.changeListener}"/>

<ice:outputLabel for="address" value="Address" />
<h:inputText id="address"
value="#{dataTableBean.personDetails.address}" size="55">
<f:ajax event="change" listener="#{dataTableBean.changeListener}" />
<ice:outputText />
<ice:commandButton value="Update Details"
action="#{}" />
<!-- Confirm Dialog -->
<ice:panelPopup visible="#{dataTableBean.confirmDialog}" modal="true">
<f:facet name="header">
<ice:panelGroup styleClass="headerStyleClass">
<ice:outputText value="Warning" />
<f:facet name="body">
<ice:panelGroup styleClass="bodyStyleClass">
value="You have unsaved data. &lt;br/&gt;
  Are you sure you want to change to a new master record?"
escape="false" />
<h:commandButton value="Yes" action="#{dataTableBean.confirmYes}" />
<h:commandButton value="No" action="#{dataTableBean.confirmNo}" />
In this page we use the ajax change event to set a flag on the backing bean to indicate that the user has changed the text in the details forms. This is so we can warn the user if they try to select a new employee to update when they have unsaved data.

h3. {anchor:step4}4. Create

Create a new Java class file called Person in the package org.icefaces.tutorial.masterdetails.model and paste the code below:

package org.icefaces.tutorial.masterdetails.model;
import javax.faces.bean.ManagedBean;

public class Person implements Serializable, Cloneable{
private static final long serialVersionUID = -3540661397516075104L;
public Person(Integer id, String firstName, String lastName, String address) {
this.firstName = firstName;
this.lastName = lastName;
this.address = address;
private Integer id;
private String firstName;
private String lastName;
private String address;
private Boolean selected;

public String getFirstName() {
return firstName;
public void setFirstName(String firstName) {
this.firstName = firstName;
public String getLastName() {
return lastName;
public void setLastName(String lastName) {
this.lastName = lastName;
public String getAddress() {
return address;
public void setAddress(String address) {
this.address = address;
public String getName(){
return firstName + " " + lastName;
public Integer getId() {
return id;
public void setId(Integer id) { = id;
public Boolean getSelected() {
return selected;
public void setSelected(Boolean selected) {
this.selected = selected;
public Object clone() throws CloneNotSupportedException {
return super.clone();
This class is a model of a Person (in our case, an employee). It contains fields for id, first name, last name, address. In the future it could be extended for different kinds of people (full time, part time, contractor, ect) as required.

h3. {anchor:step5}5. Create

Create a new Java class file called ColorBean in the package org.icefaces.tutorial.masterdetails.beans and paste the code below:

package org.icefaces.tutorial.masterdetails.beans;

import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

import javax.annotation.PostConstruct;
import javax.faces.bean.ManagedBean;
import javax.faces.bean.ViewScoped;
import javax.faces.event.AjaxBehaviorEvent;

import org.demo.model.Person;

import com.icesoft.faces.component.ext.RowSelectorEvent;

public class DataTableBean implements Serializable {

private static final long serialVersionUID = -2904483316550697214L;
private List<Person> personData;
private Person personDetails;
private Integer index = null;
private Integer newIndex;
private boolean confirmDialog = false;
private boolean detailsHidden = true;
private boolean change = false;

public void initData() {
personData = new ArrayList<Person>();
// Add some people
personData.add(new Person(1, "Peter", "Parker",
"150 Main Street, New York, NY, USA"));
personData.add(new Person(2, "Ryan", "Penner",
"528 Newmarket Road, Wilston, QLD, Australia"));
personData.add(new Person(3, "Paul", "Wilson",
"50 Big Ben Road, London, UK"));

public List<Person> getPersonData() {
return personData;

public void setPersonData(List<Person> personData) {
this.personData = personData;

public Person getPersonDetails() {
return personDetails;

public void setPersonDetails(Person personDetails) {
this.personDetails = personDetails;

public void selectionListener(RowSelectorEvent event) {
// First selection or no changes to the current record
if (index == null || !change) {
index = event.getRow();
try {
setPersonDetails((Person) personData.get(index).clone());
} catch (CloneNotSupportedException e) {

detailsHidden = false;
// Something else is already selected
else if (index != event.getRow()) {
// Throw a warning to the user
newIndex = event.getRow();

public void confirmYes() {
index = newIndex;
confirmDialog = false;
detailsHidden = false;
change = false; // We discard the old record

public void confirmNo() {
newIndex = null;
confirmDialog = false;


public void changeListener(AjaxBehaviorEvent event) {
change = true;

public void save() {
// Reset the change flag
change = false;
// Save the person
personData.set(index, personDetails);

public boolean isConfirmDialog() {
return confirmDialog;

public void setConfirmDialog(boolean confirmDialog) {
this.confirmDialog = confirmDialog;

public boolean isDetailsHidden() {
return detailsHidden;

public void setDetailsHidden(boolean detailsHidden) {
this.detailsHidden = detailsHidden;

The contents of this bean are fairy simple.&nbsp; On initialization, it creates a few new People objects so that we can use them in a table.&nbsp; The changeListener is called when a change occours in the details table.&nbsp; The selectionListener is called when a user selects an employee from the master table.

h3. {anchor:step6}6. Deploy the application

Once the application is built and deployed you will be able to select a employee from the table at the top of the page and edit their details on the table below.