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Tiles Alternatives

Nathaniel Stoddard
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Joined: May 29, 2003
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Are there any real, viable alternatives to Tiles? Thoughts, commments?

Leandro Melo
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Joined: Mar 27, 2004
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Complementing your question Nataniel...

Is there any similar mechanism in JSF?

Leandro Melo
SCJP 1.4, SCWCD 1.4
Pankaj Narang
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Joined: Jun 07, 2004
Posts: 81
hi stoddard

There is one of the best alternative of tiles presnt in the market is

Sitemesh Decorators you can get more information on this on

There is online tutorial on this site which will teach how to use this i have used this alternative found it very much easier then tiles

Try this out

for any help you can post here or mail me at
Best Regards
Nathaniel Stoddard
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I didn't find SiteMesh useful. It just seems to me that "decorating" pages is completely different from having a "composition" of pages. (Two different patterns in GoF and J2EE if I remember correctly). SiteMash seems un-intuitive to me. Am I wrong? Can you really do everything you can do in Tiles, with SiteMesh, with the same or lesser amount of effort and complexity?
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