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Wicket in Action by Eelco Hillenius, Martijn Dashorst

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Preface

In 2004, we had a good idea what was wrong with the web frameworks we’d been using (Struts and Maverick) at Topicus for a number of our projects. They didn’t scale for development, they made refactoring hard, and they inhibited reuse, to name a few of our complaints. Just about everyone in our company agreed that developing web applications with Java wasn’t a lot of fun, particularly when it came to the web part; and those with experience in programming desktop applications wondered about the huge gap between the programming models of, say, Swing and Struts.

After a long search, one of our colleagues, Johan Compagner, stumbled across Wicket, which had been made publicly available by Jonathan Locke a few weeks earlier. Although it was ...

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