This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
JSF listeners do, in fact participate in the JSF lifecycle. What part of the lifecycle the listener is invoked in depends on what kind of listener it is. However, most listeners post messages by throwing Exceptions, not by attempting to attach them to the FacesContext.
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