Thursday, August 27, 2009

Apache Wicket and Ajax: deal-breaker?

I've been using Wicket for the past months and found something that it's a deal-breaker if you have a web application with lots of Ajax where you rely on asynchronicity. Wicket serializes client and server side requests for the same page. You understood it correctly: serialized. So, if you have multiple panels, all the requests will be serialized. The whole purpose of ajax for asynchronicity is defeated.

So, this is a big disadvantage and, although I've been a big Wicket advocate, I would not consider it unless I find a good and simple workaround.

For more context, see this JIRA I file with the Wicket team:

Update: I found an alternative. See this post.
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