The rabbit maintains a connection through Wifi with a bunch of servers in France. These servers provide all communication to your rabbit: text-to-speech, MP3, weather reports and internet radio. Letting your rabbit talk is as simple as sending a http request to the central servers. Violet has published the API’s where you can rotate the ears, change the led colors and perform text-to-speech in different voices and languages.
The text-to-speech is really nice, but at times the sounds produced are surprising. Whenever a server goes down, our rabbit(s) start yelling. When a server is slow for our users, the rabbits start protesting. When issues are put in our bug tracker, the rabbit announces the issue, and title. When a build fails, the rabbit shouts in anger at us (but in a very polite, british accent with the voice of mrmuggles). There is a nabaztag plugin for Hudson making it easy to setup the rabbit and build notifications.
You can buy these rabbits for your company, and I promised to put a link to where you can shop for them. Probably at this moment, the Amazon shop is the cheapest option, but you have to have patience if you are in Europe.
Most attendees to the Wicket meetup yesterday evening may have noticed the BFC (Big F’ing Camera) that was shooting those annoying pictures. These pictures made a very nice short movie (using iPhoto’09). If you were not able to attend for one reason or another, here’s a short impression and see for yourself why you should attend next time! (click the movie for a HD version)
ApacheCon EU hosts 2 days worth of Wicket training March 23rd and 24th in Amsterdam: Introduction to Wicket and Behavior Driven Development with Wicket and JDave. These trainings will be given by core team members of the Apache Wicket project, giving you access to the experts.
You can pick and choose, but if you want the best experience you should book both courses. On monday I’ll be giving an introduction course to Apache Wicket. On tuesday, Timo Rantalaiho will give a course on driving your web application development using Wicket, WebDriver and JDave.
March 23rd, Martijn Dashorst, full description
Learn how to use Apache Wicket to create web applications on your own from the masters. This hands-on lab will provide a quick introduction to the Wicket framework and we’ll start with coding right away. At the basis for this course lies the Wicket in Action book, written by the course leader. We’ll start with setting up our project, move on from a simple hello world application to implementing an online cheese store. We’ll learn to connect it to services delivered by Spring and a back end served with a JPA provider (Hibernate or OpenJPA). During this course we’ll cover the end-to-end basics of web application development: unit testing, writing maintainable code, internationalization, security and deployment.
March 24th, Timo Rantalaiho, full description
How to get good unit and black-box test coverage by expressive, executable specifications on your Apache Wicket application code, with JDave BDD framework and WebDriver functional testing tool.The training is mostly hands-on programming assignments of applying WebDriver and jdave-wicket for testing and adding features to a Wicket application.
With this book, Wicket will become the greatest territory the Dutch have settled since Manhattan.
Senior Software Engineer, Teachscape Inc.
This is the complete and authoritative guide to Wicket, written and reviewed by the core members of the Apache Wicket team. If there's anything you want to know about Wicket, you are sure to find it in this book.
Founder and Architect of Apache Wicket, Foreword Wicket in Action
Without question, Wicket in Action... is the be-all and end-all when it comes to Wicket.
Geertjan Wielenga, Wicket Netbeans Plugin Author
The tutorial and conversational tone of the writing makes the book very approachable.
Loved the sample application—it tied everything together.
Senior Software Developer, SAS Institute
The essential guide for learning and using Wicket.
Erik van Oosten
Lead programmer and Project Manager, JTeam
Finally, the Web Framework of web frameworks, Apache Wicket, now has a bible of its own.
Senior Software Architect, Heimore group
Wicket is an innovative evolution of the MVC programming with simple roots, but without a primer such as this, it can be more challenging than it needs to be.
Founder, Bill2 Inc.
Wicket In Action glues the areas of web development with Apache Wicket together and gives a great overview of Apache Wicket...it will make a great compendium.
Nino Martinez Wael
Java Specialist, Jayway Denmark