Free Video for Beginners to Wicket

Yesterday on I created a beginner's video for Wicket, today I uploaded a new version that includes callouts (i.e., texts in the screencast) during the demo section, to explain what's going on. It's now also shorter than before. Watch the whole thing ("Dummy's Guide to Wicket") here:
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Download it here!

I'm hoping to make other similar screencasts (which topics would you like? I'm thinking of "Dummy's Guide to Spring RCP" and "Dummy's Guide to Grails" and "Dummy's Guide to Griffon"), as well as finishing my "Top 10 NetBeans APIs" series, which needs 2 or 3 more parts before it will be complete. They will all be published on


Geertjan, very impressive demo! I had read of Wicket before but your demo video certainly made Wicket's advantages very plain.

Posted by patrick giagnocavo on January 30, 2009 at 12:41 PM PST #

Thanks Geertjan for the demo. It's easy to follow and there's much information it for a newbie like me.

Posted by Alex on January 30, 2009 at 09:23 PM PST #

Hi Geertjan,

this is great! Thanks!
Instead "Dummy's Guide to Spring RCP" I would like "Dummy's Guide to the NetBeans Platform" or "Dummy's Guide to Spring".

Posted by Peter on January 30, 2009 at 10:44 PM PST #

Great to hear, patrick, Alex, and Peter. I thought quite a lot about how best to approach this topic and I am glad to see it works for you. I am considering uploading a new version, which would include audio during the demo section of the presentation. But first I need to add the audio, which will be some work.

Posted by Geertjan on January 31, 2009 at 12:08 AM PST #


Nice tutorial and thanks. Of all the Java Web frameworks that I have explored, I have come to like wicket the best. It just feels so natural :).

I would very much like to see a tutorial that covers using Wicket with Spring DI, specifically in regard to JPA or Hibernate.

My wish... Better tooling support for Wicket and Spring in the IDE. I know, all good things take time and your Wicket plug-in is a huge step in the right direction.

It would be very convenient if Spring configuration for selected services such as JPA/Hibernate/JMS/etc. were handled by the IDE. I guess it's just that I really don't like XML and all the different schemas that I need to know in order to configure everything properly. I usually wind up spending more time debugging the configuration files than I do my Java code.

As an aside, I very much look forward to the remaining tutorials on the Netbeans platform. The first group were possibly the best technical tutorials that I have ever seen, and without a doubt, the best tutorials on the Netbeans platform.



Posted by jeff schwartz on January 31, 2009 at 07:13 AM PST #

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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.

The focus of this blog is mostly on NetBeans (a development tool primarily for Java programmers), with an occasional reference to NetBeans, and sometimes diverging to topics relating to NetBeans. And then there are days when NetBeans is mentioned, just for a change.


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