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JSF - printing .txt file content

Jason A Wong

Joined: Dec 10, 2012
Posts: 4
I'm having problems trying to get a text file to print on a JSF web page.
I'm trying to use hutputText to call the readData method. Am I doing it wrong?
There doesn't appear to be any errors in the code, and the web application launches sucessfully, but with a blank page.

Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 42965
There doesn't appear to be any errors in the code

How would you know that given this:

Tim Holloway
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Joined: Jun 25, 2001
Posts: 17417

Ulf was being kind. I get rather abusive towards people who swallow exceptions.

However, you should not use JSF to output ordinary text files. Or spreadsheets. Or PDFs.

JSF does one thing and does it well: processes HTML forms and formats HTML displays. Anything that isn't HTML doesn't need to go through JSF. And shouldn't. JSF is going to be trying to make HTML out of the output, and the results are not pretty.

Use a regular servlet or a JSP to output the text file.

An IDE is no substitute for an Intelligent Developer.
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