Just for the record: this is an early april's fools joke, expanding on what Francis Amanfo sent to the user list. Thanks for this one Francis!
I'm quite disappointed that Francis Amanfo leaked the IBM internal memo that they will use, promote and support Wicket as their web development platform of choice. I am suprised that he got hands on the memo, and I hope that this will not in any way hinder my negotiations on my planned move to IBM. Now that it is out in the open, I think my NDA no longer holds, and I can speak freely.
An IBM internal memo, written and signed by product manager, Tim O'Malley, has been leaked. Well, to be more direct, a friend of my working with IBM leaked this to me. In it, IBM praised Wicket as an innovative and state of the art web framework that stands up tall against all its competitors including JSF, Struts 2 and Tapestry.
In the memo, IBM mentions some of it's frustrations with JSF and
about Sun not listening to them during the creation of the JSF specification. In the memo, IBM also praises the Wicket team as very hardworking and dedicated guys and is in negotiations to employ them into IBM and make them work on Wicket
and sell support under the umbrella of IBM.
The memo also goes further to announce IBM's plans to integrate Wicket into it's JEE offerings. To be more specific, Wicket would be Integrated into RAD 8 as the default Web framework, which it plans to release in the fourth quater of this year.
The memo also states IBM's plans to create widgets, which it plans to market under the label WICKED Widgets, of all the standard Wicket components and enable drag and drop development in RAD 8. It would also make WICKEDÂ© widgets standalone for separate downloads.
My contract starts next sunday, so I'll be packing my stuff into moving boxes. Being able to work on Wicket during office hours will make my life so much easier. Thanks IBM!