Bruno Borges, long time Wicket supporter and friend, presented Wicket with Scala and CouchDB for Fast, Quality Web Apps just before he got married! Congrats to Bruno and his wife!
I am very happy to announce that there will be a one day training course at the 2009 ApacheCon conference in Oakland, CA (USA). Before I tell you more about it, consider the following “top ten” list:
Top Ten Reasons You Should Attend ApacheCon US 2009:
10: Hacking is encouraged at the Apache Hackathon two day event.
9: Free beer! http://wiki.apache.org/apachecon/ApacheConUS2009Program
8: Meet members of your favorite projects (i.e. me last year getting Martijn to sign my copy of Wicket in Action: see Martijn signing my book)
7: Free two day BarCamp
6: Free meetups three nights of the week
5: It’s always a good time to visit California: http://oaklandcvb.com/
4: Support the tenth anniversary of the Apache Software Foundation and the many other great projects that will be there.
3: Did I mention FREE BEER?
2: Two attendees in the class will receive FREE copies of Wicket in Action
1: WICKET TRAINING! (more info)
More details will be coming soon, but if you are looking to get your feet wet with Wicket, you should certainly start making plans now to attend the 2009 US ApacheCon, and the Wicket training class that will be held. Those who register early get discounts, too!
The class will consist of fast-moving explanations of core design principles, Wicket components, and “The Wicket Way”, and each section will be followed by a coding practice where you can put into use what you just learned. We will focus on laying a foundation – how to use Wicket, create pages, organize your application, and create a Wicket application.
We will cover the following:
- The fundamentals of Wicket
- Handling data / working with objects and models
- Standard components provided by framework
- Containers / Application / Session / Page
- Effective code reuse strategies
ApacheCon site: http://www.us.apachecon.com
November 2-6, 2009 in Oakland, CA. Classes will be held on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday through Friday will be for the conference sessions. The Wicket class will be held on Tuesday.
Follow ApacheCon on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apachecon
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.
Introduction to Wicket
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.
Behavior-Driving Your Apache Wicket Application: Making the Most of Webdriver and JDave-Wicket
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.
In the continuing series of interviews with the Wicket community, I was fortunate to interview Jeremy Thomerson and to meet him in person at ApacheCon US 2008 in New Orleans. As I expected, Jeremy is really a great guy (just as Bruno Borges, whom I also had the honor to meet in person).
Jeremy develops the Wicket based website “Texas Hunt Fish“, one of the long standing public facing websites using Wicket. And he is giving training for Wicket which you can book through wickettraining.com. If you want to learn more about Jeremy’s style, just browse the Wicket user list archives or read his
blog and see how he’s doing. If I didn’t write the book about Wicket, I’d hire Jeremy to teach me :) I’m honored to share this interview with Jeremy with you.