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Wicekt in Action - Several questions

 
Eyal Golan
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Hello,
I've been working with Spring but have never set up an application / environment with it.
How much does Wicket in Action cover the issue of integrating Wicket and Spring (or any other framework)?

Will I have the knowledge, after going through the book, setting and creating from scratch a Wicket application. An application that will include other frameworks, such as Spring and JPA / Hibernate (suppose I know them)?

Thanks very much
 
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Originally posted by Eyal Golan:
Hello,
I've been working with Spring but have never set up an application / environment with it.
How much does Wicket in Action cover the issue of integrating Wicket and Spring (or any other framework)?

Will I have the knowledge, after going through the book, setting and creating from scratch a Wicket application. An application that will include other frameworks, such as Spring and JPA / Hibernate (suppose I know them)?


Setting up a project, no. If you have the MEAP version, you will find a chapter on setting up a Wicket project. We have removed it from the final book (and will make it available for free) to make room for discussions on how to do things using the framework, instead of providing a setup for projects.

Don't get me wrong, setting up a project correctly is hard, but a very, very boring read. As technical books go, they aren't page turners (though Wicket in Action has quite a couple of plot twists and you may never know which main character dies). For setting up a project you can use the Wicket quickstart template, or use QWicket to generate your project. I'm not sure but I think there is another project template in the Wicket stuff repository

The book does explain how you can use Hibernate and Spring in your projects. Just not how to add libraries etc to your web project.
 
Eyal Golan
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Thanks.

About designing the pages.
I am not a web designer, although since starting with Wicket I have learned lots of CSS stuff.

How much is this covered?
I mean, for example, if I want to make a tabbed UI, i need to add some CSS into my code.
I guess you don't explain CSS, but do you cover some of it?
 
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Originally posted by Eyal Golan:
Thanks.

About designing the pages.
I am not a web designer, although since starting with Wicket I have learned lots of CSS stuff.

How much is this covered?
I mean, for example, if I want to make a tabbed UI, i need to add some CSS into my code.
I guess you don't explain CSS, but do you cover some of it?


I had a small primer in the manuscript (it is still available in the MEAP) but due to space constraints we had to remove it. Maybe some day we'll make it available through our book website (which still needs work).

Other books can do the subject of CSS more justice than we could in one or two pages. I think we would bring more confusion than clarity in such a little amount of space.

Personally I have learnt a lot from the CSS Zengarden, and from YUI CSS Reset/fonts/grids
 
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