This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
When you retrieve data from a db, you get a java.sql.ResultSet. You can convert each record of that result set to a custom type, say Person, and add each person to a Collection. then use jsf dataTable to render that collection.
Bob's your uncle.
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