Thanks for being here guys. I have two questions...
When I look at the title of your book; Complete Reference I immediatly think API, Tag Reference, Configuration. How did you balance that aspect with the how-to, hands on, tutorial approach that you must have had to include?
Aside from covering JSF 1.2, how would you say your book differs from JSF in Action?
Although the book is titled "The complete reference" as with other McGraw-Hill "Complete Reference", the book is not merely a reference book with just endless pages of tags references and such. Actually these books (and specifically with ours) are combined with descriptive text, descriptive tutorial and examples along with explanations of concepts just like other books. The reference portions of the book are present as well. In our case we have typical reference material for: The JSF spec components (Core and HTML), The MyFaces components (Tomahawk), The Faces-Config elements and a quick guide for the ADF Faces components.
WRT JSF in Action by Kito Mann.. Actually Kito is a good friend and in many ways the books are comparable. I especially strove to make the book focus on concepts of the core Faces technologies in part 1 leading to a detailed example app in chapter 9 - and then focusing on more advanced topics in the latter chapters and finishing with the reference material. Specifically comparing Kito's book to ours - well ours has more current info with regard to JSF 1.2 and coverage of AJAX. I know Kito's working on the next revision of his book which may cover some of these aspects as well. Try them both?