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So I’ve been doing a lot of java/ajax development recently, and having to compare frameworks was one of the main things I’ve had to do. I used JSF 1.2 actually due to legacy server issues, not 2.0 (which I hear is a lot better) but comparing it with Stripes/Wicket I must say that: 1. JSF has a LOT of issues integrating into existing browsers, 2.0 is probably a bit better but sometimes the pain of having to have ALL tags written for you is VERY troublesome. I recently had to use a rich faces fileupload component and the integration on some browsers has major issues. While it is good to have a very tightly integrated ajax framework it sometimes is painful when trying to integrate in something like the YUI components. 2. Stripes/Wicket are good because they leave a lot of the ajax development to yourself and provide a VERY awesome hands on approach where you can actually write your own code with minimal development time. I find this actually was easier on some other projects. So in a nut shell… Id stick with Stripes/Wicket for a java serverside application as opposed to straight JSF as it is sometimes painful when dealing with all the pre-written javascript components. I guess this brings up a philosophy: 1. A java server side framework should NEVER be so tightly binded to the front-end UI logic WHEN you are depending on browser support. Or provide some alternative to use the latest prototype/ajax libraries. 2. If it is tightly binded,…