Not A Java Web Frameworks Survey: Just use Wicket!
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‘Java Web Frameworks Survey’ was my first blog posted which was reposted at dzone. Sadly there never was a follow up of it. Although I planned followups with jZeno, SpringMVC, Seam, Vaadin (at that time: IT-Mill Toolkit), MyFaces, Stripes, Struts, ItsNat, IWebMvc
Now, today I have just a short, subjective mini-follow-up, for anyone who is interested after all those months. Over the months I have additionally investigated JSF, Rails, Vaadin and one more:
- No comments to JSF :-/
- Rails is great! Especially the db migrations and other goodies. Partials are a crap: I prefer component based UI frameworks. If you don’t like ruby take a look at grails with autobase.
- Additionally I highly recommend everyone to take a look at vaadin (‘server-side GWT’) if you need a stateful webapplication. Loading time was a problem for me. Other client-side performance problems can be solved if you use CssLayout, I think.
But for jetwick I chose wicket! There were/are 10 reasons:
- great performance,
- ease of use (highly subjective, of course),
- component based + no routing,
- good documentation and active community,
- ajax fallback and simplicity,
- quick get-started,
- out-of-the-box back-button support,
- integrated testing support,
- unbeaten separation of html and Java code
- and a simple guice integration
The most important thing is: if you use ‘mvn jetty:run’ and NetBeans in combination then the development cycle feels like Rails: modify html, css or even Java code. Save and hit F5 in the browser. Nothing more.
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