Reorganized & Simplified Wicket Support

In preparation for a JavaOne demo, I've simplified the NetBeans/Wicket support, from a ui and user perspective. This is what the Frameworks panel now looks like, after I removed some superfluous options (so that now the header panel is always created, while the useless option for the dummy pojo is removed) and changed some default names:

And when the user finishes the wizard, they will see exactly this, i.e., the source package folder will be open automatically and the HomePage class will be open in the editor, because that's probably the first place where you'll start coding. A default model setting is defined in the generated HomePage class and the org.apache.wicket.markup.html.resources.StyleSheetReference class is used in the BasePage class, to provide localized CSS support. Notice below also that the default names of the generated files have been changed and simplified, so that it's easier to see what's what, especially if you have some Wicket background:

For example, as you can see, pages and panels are easily distinguishable, now, because the name of the generated file (by default, anyway) contains the related info in this regard. Finally, no index.jsp is created, for the first time. The IDE's Frameworks support creates an index.jsp file by default, if no welcome file element is defined in the web.xml file by the module. So, I defined a welcome file element (even though it isn't used by Wicket) and so now the index.jsp is no longer created.

I need to do a bit more work on the module, such as upgrading the libraries to Wicket 3.3 (which fixes at least one important Ajax-related bug that I am aware of) and I'm hoping to have committed all my changes to CVS by the time JavaOne begins.

Comments:

Any chance at checking this work in on a branch? I'd like to give it a try, since the existing module appears to be the root of a major problem in 6.1. Basically, the NetBeans UI starts hanging after the wicket CVS module is installed.

Or, is there a jar file of the new module work available for download?

-David

Posted by David Nedrow on April 30, 2008 at 12:17 PM PDT #

Hi David, read my blog entry about this here:

http://blogs.sun.com/geertjan/date/20080501

Posted by Geertjan on May 01, 2008 at 03:33 AM PDT #

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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

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