how to create table with delete on click with jsf, icefaces, java and html

Simple example how to add actions binding in your table.
For programmer that used to read and write HTML tags, table-tr-td is common knowledge with tons of examples and tips.

New to Java, JSF, Icefaces? Here is some links to start with:
Why and when use ICEFACES?
First steps with jsf and java

We use simplest HTML tags, together with "ui:repeat" tag, which loops on 'tr' element.
Pros: every programmer, even not-jsf, can understand it. CSS is transparent: what you see is what you get.
Customization is simple too. You can add image instead of text and so on.
Use you favorite HTML editor, or JSF editor together with CSS tools to customize every aspect of this table, its easy!
fragment from TableWithDeleteOnClick.jspx
		<caption>table with delete on click</caption> 
		<ui:repeat value="#{tableWithDeleteOnClickBean.rows}" var="row"> 
				<td><ice:outputText value="#{}" /></td> 
				<td><ice:outputText value="#{}" /></td> 
				<!-- binding to 'delete' method --> 
				<td><ice:commandLink action="#{tableWithDeleteOnClickBean.delete}" > 
					<ice:outputText value="click to delete" /> 
					<f:setPropertyActionListener value="#{row}" target="#{tableWithDeleteOnClickBean.selectedRow}"/> 

This is main entry point. Its referenced by 'tableWithDeleteOnClickBean' from faces-config.xml
package com.gpost.jsfexamples.tableWithDeleteOnClick;

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

* Java class for example 'table with delete on click'
* referenced as 'tableWithDeleteOnClickBean' from faces-config.xml, 
* used in 'TableWithDeleteOnClick.jspx'
public class TableWithDeleteOnClickBean{
	List<ManWithPhone> rows = null;
	ManWithPhone selectedRow;
	public List<ManWithPhone> getRows() {
		if (rows == null) {
			rows = new ArrayList();
			// create same sample data...
			rows.add(new ManWithPhone("Gary", "1234-6767"));
			rows.add(new ManWithPhone("Bob", "5678-4553"));
			rows.add(new ManWithPhone("John", "5698-4333"));
		return rows;

	public void delete() {
	public ManWithPhone getSelectedRow() {
		return selectedRow;

	public void setSelectedRow(ManWithPhone selectedRow) {
		this.selectedRow = selectedRow;

} // end of class

This class defines data in row.
package com.gpost.jsfexamples.tableWithDeleteOnClick;

public class ManWithPhone {
	public ManWithPhone(String name, String phone) {
		super(); = name; = phone;

	String name;
	String phone;

	public String getName() {
		return name;

	public void setName(String name) { = name;

	public String getPhone() {
		return phone;

	public void setPhone(String phone) { = phone;

part of faces-config.xml


As we saw in this example, you can create perfect table with delete on click using simple html/css, then add some binding to your java beans and you get very flexible, easily customizable data table without complexity of 'h:dataTable' component.

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