I am pleased to announce a new podcast on JSF Central with Pete Muir.In this podcast JSF Central editor-in-chief Kito D. Mann interviews Pete Muir about Seam 2.1, WebBeans and JSF 2. Peter is a core developer at JBoss and the project lead for Seam. This was recorded in October of 2008. Here is an excerpt:
Kito: Alright great. So I guess the main topic of our discussion would be Seam 2.1. This is the first major update for Seam in a little while, right?
Pete: Absolutely. We did Seam 2.0.GA, so the last major change was a year ago in late November 2007. So yeah, this is the first time we have published a major update for quite a long time. There were a number of minor updates in between. It's pretty exciting for me to have gotten this out. I guess I can talk a little bit about some of the themes that go through this. The first thing that we have done is we have been experimenting with Wicket and how we can integrate Wicket into Seam, and really make Wicket a really strong possibility if you are using Seam. Just in the way that JSF is a great match for Seam, we're trying to get Wicket to the same level. I have spent quite a lot of time on this. Wicket is in many ways very similar to JSF, component oriented and you build your pages as components so it's not an action oriented framework. It is very definitely a component oriented framework. It is slightly different -- you build your layout and your styles in an HTML document and then you build your components in a Java class and you sort of tie them together using IDs. This is interesting for Seam because - of course, because it's Java we can use annotations in the Wicket components to inject objects from Seam and to begin conversations, end conversations, etc. It's definitely an interesting aspect to Seam 2.1.