short zooms

Been playing with wicket somewhat. Wixket is yet another component inspired web framework that abstracts away the nature of the HTTP protocol. Wicket is now an apache project and close to a 1.3 release. It is a lot more mature since I last looked at it. The documentation is as usual for open source stuff lacking. The mailinglist is quick to respond but the developers have a tendency to call people lazy bastards that should read the source. Not the friendliest bunch but generally they try so don't be discouraged. Anyway, wicket handles the session for you, it stuffs things there galore and you have no idea what. That is the only downside I've found so far and if that isn't a concern wicket zooms big time.

Been working with maven on my day job. The more I use maven the more it confirms an earlier sighting, maven does NOT zoom.

My friend does not zoom, not yet, he still has not started a blog, nor started blogging here.

Had a look at BeanShell again, I like beanshell fine but come on. There has been no updates on their site for a looong time. You could at least put up a sign saying that BeanShell has been abandonded if that is the case.
BeanShell zooms but it seems to have zoomed very far out.


  1. I wouldn't paint the wicket community with one brush like that. You're probably talking about Igor. We've also got Martijn, Eelco and myself and you'll have a totally different experience depending on who responds. Also, wanted to mention that you can now preorder wicket in action from amazon.com if you want better documentation soon.

  2. Some people come in on the mailing list and act like little spoiled princesses. I can tell you that if you're busy like we are, having spent most of our free time on the project for the last 2 or more years, those people get really old :-)

  3. How on earth did you find this blog, it has no readers :-)
    Anyway, you are right in that I dismissed the wicket community unfairly and in one stroke. Wicket is damn cool technology. The developers are extremely helpful, mostly :-)
    I still feel that the focus of the wicket project is to make really cool and useful tech. and not so much trying to 'sell the product'. This I think is something that differs from Tapestry. Howard really tries to package tapetry in shiny shrink wrap.
    Even though Tapestry and wicket are very different beasts under the hood I think people will compare them because, face it, they are the only java web frameworks that zooms.


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