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Wicket in Action by Martijn Dashorst, Eelco Hillenius

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<pre>Author/s : Martijn Dashorst, Eelco Hillenius
Publisher : Manning Publications
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Reviewed by : David O'Meara
Rating : 6 horseshoes
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One thing to keep in mind is that while I was lucky enough to get an 'early access' copy of the book from Manning, I discovered that PDF books are not for me and this affected my impression of the book.

For me the information came a little too thick and fast, and assumed more existing knowledge than I already had. This made several sections confusing and I had to re-read the section, or a previous section, before being able to understand. It is an advantage having this level of knowledge about the architecture and underlying decisions that made Wicket what it is, but I wasn't sure about the order or rate of delivery.

It isn't a bad book by any means. There is still plenty of in depth knowledge and examples that will benefit any Wicket application, and the later chapters address areas like authorisation, internationalisation and deployment that will make the difference between a good application and a successful one.

Personally however, I was a little disappointed as it didn't match my requirements or expectations, and I was hoping for more.

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Originally posted by Book Review Team:

One thing to keep in mind is that while I was lucky enough to get an 'early access' copy of the book from Manning, I discovered that PDF books are not for me and this affected my impression of the book.


The quality of the final PDFs will be much better.

Thanks for reviewing. We spent over two years of our spare time in order to provide the community with a good introduction to Wicket (we're not aspiring writers other than that). I'm sorry you were disappointed by it, but I'm glad that you found it at least useful. It's hard to write a book that is perfect for everyone.
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Originally posted by Book Review Team:
For me the information came a little too thick and fast, and assumed more existing knowledge than I already had. This made several sections confusing and I had to re-read the section, or a previous section, before being able to understand. It is an advantage having this level of knowledge about the architecture and underlying decisions that made Wicket what it is, but I wasn't sure about the order or rate of delivery.


From this I assume you found it moving too fast, am I correct?


Personally however, I was a little disappointed as it didn't match my requirements or expectations, and I was hoping for more.


What were your requirements and expectations? It is quite difficult to read a negative review, without learning more about what you expected. Did you want more information? Would you have liked the book better if it was 600 pages and contained more information, or went at a slower pace? What were the parts you found missing, what could be improved?

We assume knowledge of a couple of technologies in our book, just like Wicket assumes you know Java. We had to pick our battles and have limited resources (pages and time). We tried to ensure that the absolute beginner would know how to start, tried to provide value when the beginner becomes an intermediate and even to be a reference when the intermediate becomes experienced.

There is just so much information that fits in 400 pages, and we had to make choices. There are a lot of things we'd like to have in the book, but size constraints prevented us from doing so.
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Thanks for the moderate responses.

A review is an opinion piece, and while I defend my view I also support the right of others to disagree.

I still see plenty of worth contained in the book, but personally I found the information went too deep too quickly, had lack clear explanation in sections or wasn't ordered for my understanding. There is also the possibility that I "just didn't get it" and that others will not see the same issues that I did, but mine is the only opinion I have to report on
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Originally posted by David O'Meara:
Thanks for the moderate responses. A review is an opinion piece, and while I defend my view I also support the right of others to disagree.


Though I'd rather have that you enjoyed/praised the book, you have every right to be critical of it. I just want to understand why it didn't fit your expectations, not criticize you for being critical.

Knowing your expectations will help others form an opinion whether or not to buy the book. just as "this is the most awesome book ever" won't help, "this just sucks" doesn't either. The why is very important.
 
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