Berkeley, CA—September 2006— Apress Inc., is one of only two publishers that has truly recognized and embraced the current ongoing open source lightweight Java™ revolution led by Spring and Hibernate. This includes the latest entry from Apress, the newly published first and only book to market, Wicket-endorsed Pro Wicket by Karthik Gurumurthy; ISBN: 1-59059-722-2, $39.99, 328 pages.
“I’m glad we’re having our first real Wicket book available now...It is more than just a how-to guide; Karthik goes through the effort of explaining alternatives and explains how things are done by Wicket instead of merely giving you the steps to get a task done.” — Eelco Hillenius, Wicket project lead - Chillenious!
Wicket is an open source lightweight project found on Sourceforge.net. It is an open source lightweight Java component or POJOs (Plain Old Java Objects)-based Web application development framework. Pro Wicket’s author, Karthik Gurumurthy reveals: “Wicket brings the Java Swing event-based programming model to Web development. Component based Web frameworks are being touted as the future of Java Web Development and Wicket is easily one of the leading implementations in this area. Wicket strives for a clean separation of role of a HTML Page designer and a Java Developer by supporting plain vanilla HTML templates that can be mocked up, previewed, and later revised using standard WYSIWYG HTML design tools.”
Pro Wicket is the first and only book on the open source lightweight Wicket Framework, and is based on the latest Wicket 1.2.x implementation.
Gurumurthy is keen to expose the benefits of Wicket: “Pro Wicket aims to get you up and running quickly with this framework. You will learn how to configure Wicket and then gradually gain exposure to the ‘Wicket way’ of addressing web development requirements. You will learn about important techniques of working with Wicket through simple examples. People have come to expect a few things from a Modern Web Framework – ‘Spring Framework’ integration and baked in Ajax support are probably at the top of that list. I have taken care to address these aspects of Wicket in the book. You will learn to integrate Wicket and EJB™ 3 API using the services of Spring 2, for example. There is also a separate chapter dedicated to Wicket’s integration with Ajax.”
Karthik Gurumurthy has been associated with the IT industry for more than six years now and has employed open source libraries to solve business problems. Karthik also has the experience of having documented a popular open source project: XDoclet2. He has been having a great time with Wicket since day one of adoption and would like to let others know how Wicket succeeds in bringing back the fun that has been missing in the Java web development space. He also contributed to the Wicket project through the Wicket-Spring integration module using Jakarta Commons Attributes.
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