Hi James,

Just my two cents worth. I haven't responded before because I'm heads down on a project that uses both DB2 and SQL Server, has tons of "do this, except when", broken up database fields, numeric values in character fields, and just about every obstacle one can think of for getting something done "on time and under budget."

My comment is that different folks like different things. As someone who does projects for many different clients and several other factors. I chose JSF, with Facelets. My pages are pretty dead straightforward. I was going to say "simple", but that's not always true. But...no JSP, and the only thing approaching code in my pages are EL bean and method values. It takes a while to really get what's going on in JSF, but I don't think that's much different than anything else once you get beyond toy apps.

The paragraph above has to be modified a bit because I also use RichFaces, and there ends up being a lot of ajax/javascript that (thankfully) I don't have to write.

If you want to look over Facelets, which will be included in JSF 2.0, there's lots out there, including my article about Richfaces at:


I'm nor a JSF bigot and don't hate anyone who uses anything else - except that maybe Struts 1 is not a very good idea now. Just another view.

Joe Sam

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----- Original Message ----- From: "James Perkins" <jrperkinsjr@xxxxxxxxx>
To: "Java Programming on and around the iSeries / AS400" <java400-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 10:07 AM
Subject: Re: Anybody Using Wicket

Thanks again Mihael. That is what is really intriguing to me about Wicket. I
can design the page as static HTML/CSS and use Wicket do generate the
dynamic data. Plus it's "component" based, which IMHO is the best design for
any UI.

I might check out GWT too. I'll see if I can get over my control issues with
the layout :-)
James R. Perkins

On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 23:09, Schmidt, Mihael <Mihael.Schmidt@xxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

GWT: You code GWT in Java but the GWT compiler outputs Javascript which
is sent to the client. In the end you have a service layer with your
domain objects and the very thin gui layer of GWT. You could put a
facade between the gui layer and the service layer which transforms the
domain objects to objects for each gui type (in this case gwt).

I like Wicket a lot for its simplicity and to be able to have either a
clean HTML/CSS or one made by a HTML WYSIWYG editor. It works both.

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