This part of the book prepares you to build Wicket applications quickly. After reading part 1, you should be able to start playing with Wicket using the examples as a guide. Chapter 1 introduces the Wicket framework and explains the principles at Wicket’s core. It ends with examples showcasing the basic usage of Wicket components. Wicket’s fundamentals and how they fit together are discussed in chapter 2—how Wicket processes a request, and which classes play a central role in handling requests. In chapter 3, you’ll build an online cheese store. In the process, you’ll learn about Wicket’s components, apply Ajax, and build your first custom component.