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Wicket in Action 1st Edition

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Martijn Dashorst is a software engineer with over 10 years of experience in software development. He has been actively involved in the Wicket project since it was open sourced, and has presented Wicket as a speaker at numerous conferences, including JavaOne and JavaPolis.


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Product Details

  • Series: In Action
  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (September 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932394982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932394986
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,268,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Pilone on September 25, 2008
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I don't normally review books on Amazon but this is one of the best technical books that I've read in a while. The authors do a great job of organizing and presenting the material. The book is easy to read and I was able to get through it in about two evenings. I'm now using it as a reference while I work on my first major Wicket application. It might help that Wicket itself is well structured which makes the concepts that much easier to understand.

That being said, there are a few short-comings:
1) The cheese and lasagna examples get really old really quickly. The authors could have used different concepts or something a little more relevant or interesting to most developers.

2) The book is somewhat short. While they covered the core topics well, I felt that a few things we missing. I was surprised to see that the publisher trimmed the book and put an extra chapter online but not in print.

3) Some fundamentals like what DTD to include in an HTML page or what the Wicket web.xml should look like would be nice. You can find these answers online with a quick search but this book should really cover it.

But these faults don't hurt the overall usefulness of the book. It would be nice if most/all of this documentation was available in the Wicket project itself, but no such luck which makes this book even more valuable. I don't know if it will be in all copies, but my copy had a coupon for a free version of the digital book (PDF I suppose)... nice touch.

I recommend buying this book and learning about a very reasonable alternative to JSF.
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I attended a presentation by Jonathan Locke on Wicket about two years ago and I purchased this book at that time. I didn't bother to read it in depth until recently as the company I was working for went down a different path for web development. While I have a lot of experience with MVC based frameworks (such as Struts, Spring MVC), I didn't get a chance to explore any of the component based frameworks (which is where Wicket belongs). Recently I picked this book up again and read it from cover to cover. This book is extremely well written and makes a very good read for novices and intermediate users of Wicket. I tried all the examples in this book and they worked for the most part although I did have to make a few changes to the source code since I am using a later version of Wicket (1.4). I especially liked the strict separation of presentation and logic that is enforced by Wicket. Figures, code samples and explanation complement each other very well in this book. Wherever relevant the authors point out multiple ways of doing the same thing - for example in chapter 7 composing your pages - the authors explain three different ways of achieving the same effect and point out the pros and cons of each. The chapter on resusable custom components includes a pretty good example to encourage folks to think in that direction when appropriate. This book also includes a chapter on authentication and another chapter on testing both of which are very helpful. The last chapter on configuring the application for production has a section on optimizing URLs for search engines as well as different URL encoding strategies which I thought was pretty neat.Read more ›
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I began using Wicket a number of weeks ago, and could easily see from the lack of consistent online documentation, that I'd need a book for the more complicated aspects (such as Form components) and some mundane ones (like localisation). This one proved to be a good choice of book. I started with a rough idea of how things are constructed, but I've learned alot since that I've been able to apply to my own project.

The book is well structured, the examples are clear and the book covers everything from setting up an application, to creating reusable components, to integration with dependency-injection frameworks (albeit only Spring) and provides a good reference for doing everyday things with Wicket.

One thing I really like about this book is that its code samples are very concise and contain very little extra boilerplate. The extra little annotations on the side, pointing out the different parts of the code sample also make it easier to break each down and examine it at a glance.

Another incredibly useful aspect of the book is that many of the things that it points out are actually relevant to web application development, such as the use of Ajax, the creation of custom components, bookmarkable links, authentication (something IMHO missing from many web framework books) and the implications and pitfalls around many design decisions (e.g. the use of model inheritance, on pp93-94). I was very pleased with Ch8 about reusable components as it helped to answer some of the more advanced questions I had when designing my own panels. Its also good to see something on page composition and the different page composition strategies (Ch7).

One thing I found hard to work with was the explanation of the architecture of Wicket in Ch2.
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