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Apache Wicket Cookbook by [Vaynberg, Igor]
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Overall, I've been quite impressed with the "Apache Wicket Cookbook". To better understand how to use it effectively to build robust, feature-rich, and pretty applications, then this book is for you.
--realjenius.com/2011/05/07/review-apache-wicket-cookbook/ - R.J Lorimer

This book is excellent. If you work with Wicket, you need a copy. It's good to read and perfect to understand.
--grobmeier.de/review-apache-wicket-cookbook-by-igor-vaynberg-31052011.html - Christian Grobmeier

About the Author

Igor Vaynberg is a software architect with more than ten years of experience in the software field. His liking for computers was sparked when his parents got him a Sinclair Z80 when he was but ten years old. Since then he has worked with companies both large and small building modular and scalable web applications. Igor's main interest is finding ways to simplify the development of complex user interfaces required by modern web applications. Igor is a committer for the Apache Wicket framework, the aim of which is to simplify the programming model as well as reintroduce OOP to the web UI tier. In his AFK time he enjoys snowboarding with his beautiful wife and playing with his amazing children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5515 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (24 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055Y79C8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #912,871 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
This isn't a casual introduction to Wicket - it's much, much more useful than that. This book is aimed squarely at someone who has picked up the basics of the framework and now has some real-world problems to solve. If you've ever asked questions on the mailing lists for Wicket, you'll know that the author (Igor) is exceptionally active and helpful there. His experience helping people through various common issues and use cases for web development on the mailing lists really shines through in the selection of examples and "recipes" in the book.

The Apache Wicket Cookbook covers a really useful and diverse set of functionality, from preventing multiple form submits and security issues to chart visualization and making your site look pretty. I really like the way that each recipe is presented in sections: "Getting ready", which contains skeleton code before the addition of the functionality; "How to do it...", which has the meat; "How it works...", which explains things concisely but thoroughly; and "There's more..." with often invaluable extra coverage of how to extend or override the functionality in the best way. It's easy to digest, superbly thought out and gives you a good framework to grasp all the information quickly.

This is an excellent book - it's jam-packed with useful content and avoids the verbose and pompous language so popular with many technical authors. It works both as a dip-in-and-out reference and as an in-depth guide to some parts of the Wicket framework that are difficult to uncover for yourself. I was a developer on the core Wicket team until a couple of years ago, so hopefully I know what I'm talking about: Quite simply, if you create applications with Wicket, you should have a copy of this book on your desk.
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This book contains solutions to some common problems a Wicket developer may stumble upon, and is essential on the bookshelf for an learning/intermediate wicket-developer. My wishes for the next edition is:
* I hope the book gets upraded to Wicket 1.5x or even 1.6x (which is out soon)
* I should be twice as thick and dwell deeper into the framwwork, different repeaters and so on:)
* It should have a chapter called "best practices" which gathers the "best practices" as found on the Wicket wikis and more - iestuff like "optimize session, always use models, and so on

I bought this with "wicket in action - martin dashorst" and "Enjoying Web Development with Wicket (3rd) -Kent Ka Iok Tong" and i must say that all 3 of them have nuggets which one of the other books don't cover. Buy them all.
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Format: Paperback
Igor Vaynberg is not new to the Wicket landscape, being actually a core committer of the framework and a name that every Wicket developer well know.

The book, following the Packt well established "Cookbook" format, is not a comprehensive learning guide to the Apache Wicket framework; It's a cookbook, a list of 'recipes' aimed to solve specific, real problems. and It does just that, darn well.
The book is aimed at an audience of developers already skilled (at least a little bit) in the Wicket framework and in look for solutions to common day-to-day problems.

This book is, in this regard, exactly what the community was waiting for.

Igor is very clear, specific and never prosaic; The given examples are down-to-earth, real world examples of what you would expect to find and bang your head against when you develop your average Apache Wicket application.

Each chapter of the book is devoted to a particular aspect of the framework: Validating and converting user input, forms, i18n, data tables and views, tabs and borders, Ajax, charts, security and integration with middlewares (Spring, JBoss Weld, JPA).

It has not to be read sequentially; there are no long and complex projects to build and follow between each chapter; It's organization is perfect for being used as a reference; each chapter contains specific examples of "problems" to solve, a workable solution to the problem and a thorough explanation of "how" the solution works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book the community was waiting for!! 1 July 2011
By Davide Molin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Igor Vaynberg is not new to the Wicket landscape, being actually a core committer of the framework and a name that every Wicket developer well know.

The book, following the Packt well established "Cookbook" format, is not a comprehensive learning guide to the Apache Wicket framework; It's a cookbook, a list of 'recipes' aimed to solve specific, real problems. and It does just that, darn well.
The book is aimed at an audience of developers already skilled (at least a little bit) in the Wicket framework and in look for solutions to common day-to-day problems.

This book is, in this regard, exactly what the community was waiting for.

Igor is very clear, specific and never prosaic; The given examples are down-to-earth, real world examples of what you would expect to find and bang your head against when you develop your average Apache Wicket application.

Each chapter of the book is devoted to a particular aspect of the framework: Validating and converting user input, forms, i18n, data tables and views, tabs and borders, Ajax, charts, security and integration with middlewares (Spring, JBoss Weld, JPA).

It has not to be read sequentially; there are no long and complex projects to build and follow between each chapter; It's organization is perfect for being used as a reference; each chapter contains specific examples of "problems" to solve, a workable solution to the problem and a thorough explanation of "how" the solution works.

Every chapter has its clues, its 'tips' and hints that make this book a memorable reading for every Wicket developer; even the most basic examples on how to work out validation of a field give precious hints on how validation works 'under the hoods', or when it's better to access the value of a field during validation using the getConvertedInput() method instead of the model value (guess why ? read the book and you'll know..)

Decorating components, creating grids and sorting/filtering data, blocking until Ajax requests complete, adding charts with Open Flash Charts library; this book is full of incredible useful information that every Wicket developer will be able to leverage to improve its productivity and knowledge of this fantastic framework.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful & well thought-out 13 May 2011
By Alastair Maw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This isn't a casual introduction to Wicket - it's much, much more useful than that. This book is aimed squarely at someone who has picked up the basics of the framework and now has some real-world problems to solve. If you've ever asked questions on the mailing lists for Wicket, you'll know that the author (Igor) is exceptionally active and helpful there. His experience helping people through various common issues and use cases for web development on the mailing lists really shines through in the selection of examples and "recipes" in the book.

The Apache Wicket Cookbook covers a really useful and diverse set of functionality, from preventing multiple form submits and security issues to chart visualization and making your site look pretty. I really like the way that each recipe is presented in sections: "Getting ready", which contains skeleton code before the addition of the functionality; "How to do it...", which has the meat; "How it works...", which explains things concisely but thoroughly; and "There's more..." with often invaluable extra coverage of how to extend or override the functionality in the best way. It's easy to digest, superbly thought out and gives you a good framework to grasp all the information quickly.

This is an excellent book - it's jam-packed with useful content and avoids the verbose and pompous language so popular with many technical authors. It works both as a dip-in-and-out reference and as an in-depth guide to some parts of the Wicket framework that are difficult to uncover for yourself. I was a developer on the core Wicket team until a couple of years ago, so hopefully I know what I'm talking about: Quite simply, if you create applications with Wicket, you should have a copy of this book on your desk.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for users of Apache Wicket 30 May 2011
By Sven Meier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Wicket Cookbook is a great resource for Wicket users to solve common problems in web applications. All recipes are explained in great detail and can be followed easily. The book contains very instructive and easy to follow code samples.

This isn't an entry-level book though. You should have done some Wicket coding or read an introductory book first. Good Java knowledge and OO skills will make it easier to master this book.
Without doubt this cookbook will improve your coding skills, whether you will be continuing to use Wicket or not.

As one of the reviewers I was allowed to scrutinize the book's contents before its publication. It's a pleasure to follow Igor's coding skills. Calling myself a seasoned Wicket user, I still learned a lot of new Wicket tricks.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good resource for Wicket users 28 May 2011
By Richard J. Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An in-depth collection of handy tips and techniques. If you're new to Wicket, don't pick this book up, it'll be too low-level for your liking. But if you're already familiar with the basics of Wicket and are actively adding functionality to your sites, this book would be a valuable addition to your tech library. A few of the techniques covered: Cross-field edits, Internationalizing/Localizing your application, Displaying data in sortable tables, Securing your application, Integrating with Seam and JPA. For the Wicket professional, worth the price.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book 2 Aug. 2011
By jed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I started working with wicket recently and was loosing interest until I read this book. it's such a nice book..
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