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Using the Java Persistence API (JPA) with Wicket

The ItemJpaController findItemEntities method is defined as shown below:

public class ItemJpaController {

public ItemJpaController() {
emf = Persistence.createEntityManagerFactory("wicketCatalogPU");
private EntityManagerFactory emf = null;

public EntityManager getEntityManager() {
return emf.createEntityManager();
private List<Item> findItemEntities(boolean all, int maxResults, int firstResult) {
EntityManager em = getEntityManager();
try {
Query q = em.createNamedQuery("Item.findAll");
if (!all) {
return q.getResultList();
} finally {

The ItemJpaController uses the Java Persistence API EntityManager Query object to return a list of items. The ItemJpaController calls Persistence.createEntityManagerFactory which gets an EntityManagerFactory  when it is instatiated. 

The Java Persistence Query APIs are used to create and execute queries that can return a list of results.  The JPA Query interface provides support for pagination via the setFirstResult() and setMaxResults() methods: q.setMaxResults(int maxResult) sets the maximum number of results to retrieve. q.setFirstResult(int startPosition) sets the position of the first result to retrieve.

In the code below, we show the Item entity class which maps to the  ITEM table that stores the item instances. This is a typical Java Persistence entity object. There are two requirements for an entity:

  1. annotating the class with an @Entity annotation.
  2. annotating   the primary key identifier with @Id

Because the fields name, description.... are basic mappings from the object fields to columns of the same name in the database table, they don't have to be annotated.

public class Item implements java.io.Serializable {

private Integer id;
private String name;
private String description;
private String imageurl;
private String imagethumburl;
private BigDecimal price;

public Item() { }

public String getName() {
return name;
public void setName(String name) {
this.name = name;


A Wicket PagingNavigator component is used to provide navigation links to the next, previous, first and last page of catalog Items.  The PagingNavigator component maintains a complete page navigator, meant to be easily added to any PageableListView.

<span wicket:id="pager">navigation controls here</span>

Code below for adding creating a PagingNavigator for the dataView and adding it to the ListPage:

public class ListPage extends WebPage {

PagingNavigator pager = new PagingNavigator("pager", dataView);

A Wicket Link component is used to provide a link to click on to navigate to a page with the selected item details.

  <a wicket:id="details" href="#">
<span wicket:id="name" >name</span>

Code below show the call to  the ItemDetails.link method to create and add the link:

public class ListPage extends WebPage {
// create the DataView component corresponding to the wicketid "rows" attribute in ListPage.html
DataView dataView = new DataView<Item>("rows", itemDataProvider, ROWS_PER_PAGE) {
protected void populateItem(org.apache.wicket.markup.repeater.Item<Item> repItem) {
' ...
// call ItemDetails to create the link component
repItem.add(ItemDetails.link("details", item));

// add the DataView component to the page

Code below for creating a BookmarkablePageLink for adding to the dataView, clicking on this link will Navigate to the ItemDetails page, passing the selected Itemid as a parameter.

public class ItemDetails extends BasePage {

public static BookmarkablePageLink<Void> link(final String name, final Item item) {

final BookmarkablePageLink<Void> link = new BookmarkablePageLink<Void>(name, ItemDetails.class);

if (item != null) {
link.setParameter("itemid", item.getItemid());
link.add(new Label("name", new Model<Item>(item)));

return link;

The ItemDetails page, shown below, displays details about the selected Catalog Item:

<html xmlns:wicket="http://wicket.apache.org/">
<link wicket:id='stylesheet'/>
<span wicket:id='mainNavigation'/>
<td align="right">Name:</td>
<span wicket:id="name">name </span>
<td align="right">Description:</td>
<td> <span wicket:id = "description">
<td align="right">Photo:</td>
<td> <img wicket:id="imagethumburl"/> </td>
The ItemDetails constructor gets the item data, and adds Labels and a image, for the name, description and photo to the ItemDetails page.
public class ItemDetails extends BasePage {

public ItemDetails(PageParameters params) {
Item item = itemController.findItem(params.getString("itemid"));
add(new Label("name", item.getName()));
add(new Label("description", item.getDescription()));
add(new Image("imagethumburl", new ResourceReference(this.getClass(),item.getImageurl())));
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This concludes the sample application which demonstrates a pet catalog web application which uses  Wicket, JPA, GlassFish and MySQL.

Running the Sample Application

  1. If you haven't already done so, download and install NetBeans IDE , GlassFish , and MySQL Community Server . You can download and install GlassFish with NetBeans as a single bundle.
  2. Follow these instructions to setup Netbeans with the Wicket plugin.
  3. Download the sample code.

Create the Pet Catalog database

In order to run the sample code you first have to create the Pet Catalog database and fill in  the Item table.

  1. Start NetBeans IDE
  2. Ensure that GlassFish is registered in the NetBeans IDE, as follows:
    • Click the Services tab in the NetBeans IDE.
    • Expand the Servers node. You should see GlassFish v2 in the list of servers. If not, register GlassFish v2 as follows:
      • Right-click the Servers node and select Add Server. This opens an Add Server Instance wizard.
      • Select GlassFish v2 in the server list of the wizard and click the Next button.
      • Enter the location information for the server and click the Next button.
      • Enter the admin name and password and click the Finish button.
  3. Start the MySQL or Java DB database as follows:
    • Click the Services tab in the NetBeans IDE.
    • Expand the databases node. You should see the Java DB database in the list of databases. If you have installed the MySQL server database, you should also see the MySQL database in the list of databases.. Note:  Java DB  comes bundled with Netbeans, you can  download MySQL separately.

    • Right-mouse click on the Java DB or MySQL server database and select Start.
  4. If you installed MySQL, set the properties of the MySQL server database as follows:
    • Right-click on the MySQL server database and select Properties. This opens the MySQL Server Properties dialog box, as shown in Figure 8.

      MySQL Server Basic Properties Figure 8. MySQL Server Basic Properties

    • In the Basic Properties tab, enter the server host name and port number. The IDE specifies localhost as the default server host name and 3306 as the default server port number.
    • Enter the administrator user name, if not displayed, and the administrator password -- the default administrator password is blank.
    • Click the Admin Properties tab.
    • Enter an appropriate path in the Path/URL to admin tool field. You can find the path by browsing to the location of a MySQL Administration application such as the MySQL Admin Tool.
    • Enter an appropriate path in the Path to start command. You can find the path by browsing to the location of the MySQL start command. To find the start command, look for mysqld in the bin folder of the MySQL installation directory.
    • Enter an appropriate path in the Path to stop command field. You can find the path by browsing to the location of the MySQL stop command. This is usually the path to mysqladmin in the bin folder of the MySQL installation directory. If the command is mysqladmin, in the Arguments field, type -u root stop to grant root permissions for stopping the server. The Admin Properties tab should look similar to Figure 9.

      MySQL Server Administration Properties Figure 9. MySQL Server Administration Properties

    • Click the OK button.
  5. Right-click on the MySQL server or Java DB database and select Start.
  6. Create the petcatalog database as follows:
    • Right-mouse click on the Java DB or MySQL server database and select Create Database. This will open a create Database window.
    • Enter the database name catalog for Java DB or petcatalog for MySQL.

      For Java DB enter userid password app app as shown below:

       Click O.K. to accept the displayed settings.
  7. Create the tables in the catalog database as follows:
    • Underneath Databases you should see a database connection for the petcatalog database. For example MySQL:

      or Java DB:

    • Right-mouse click on the petcatalog connection and select Connect.
    • Right-mouse click on the petcatalog connection and select Execute Command. This will open up a SQL command window.
    • Copy the contents of the catalog.sql file in the riapetcatalog\exercises\exercise0 directory and paste the contents into the SQL command window, as shown in below:

      Creating Tables in the Database
    • Click the Run SQL icon Run SQL icon (Ctrl+Shift+E) above the SQL command window.
    • Note: It is ok to see this: "Error code -1, SQL state 42Y55: 'DROP TABLE' cannot be performed on 'ITEM' because it does not exist. Line 2, column 1" . This just means you are deleting a table that does not exist.  If you need to delete and recreate the tables you will not  see this message the second time.
  8. View the data in the Pet Catalog database Item table as follows:
    • Underneath Databases you should see a database connection for the petcatalog database. For example MySQL:

      or Java DB:

    • If the database connection is broken like in the following diagram:

      • Right-mouse click on the petcatalog connection and select Connect. as shown below:
      • if prompted for a password, for MySQL leave it blank, for JavaDB enter user app password app.
    • Expand the Tables node below the petcatalog database in the Services window. You should see the item table under the Tables node. You can expand the item table node to see the table columns, indexes, and any foreign keys, as shown in below :
      An Expanded Table Node Figure 12. An Expanded Table Node

      You can view the contents of a table or column by right-clicking the table or column and selecting View Data as shown  below:

      Viewing the Contents of a Table Figure 13. Viewing the Contents of a Table
  9. Follow these instructions to Create a JDBC Connection pool and JDBC resource.Name the  pool mysql_petcatalog_rootPool and the jndi resource jdbc/petcatalog. Note: you do not have to create a JDBC connection pool and resource if you use the Netbeans wizard to generate JPA entities from database tables as described in this article GlassFish and MySQL, Part 2: Building a CRUD Web Application With Data Persistence.

Running the Sample solution:

If you want to run the sample solution, you have to create the catalog database tables first as described above.

  1. If you haven't already download the sample code and start the NetBeans IDE. Unzip the catalog.zip file which you downloaded, this will create a catalog directory with the project code.
  2. Open the catalog/setup/sun-resources.xml file and verify that the property values it specifies match those of the petcatalog database and jdbc resources you created. Edit the property values as necessary.
  3. Open the catalog project as follows:
    • In NetBeans IDE, click Open Project in the File menu. This opens the Open Project dialog.
    • Navigate in the Open Project dialog to the catalog  directory and click the Open Project button.

    In response, the IDE opens the catalog project.  You can view the logical structure of the project in the Projects window (Ctrl-1).
  4. Run the catalog by right-clicking on the catalog project in the Projects window and selecting Run Project. The NetBeans IDE compiles the application, deploys it on Glassfish, and brings up the default page in your browser.  (at http://localhost:8080/catalog/).

For more information see the following resources:

Published at DZone with permission of its author, Carol Mcdonald.

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Praveena Manvi replied on Thu, 2009/12/03 - 12:29pm

Nice one. How wicket compares to JSF from developer perspective?

Slava Ustovitskiy replied on Thu, 2009/12/03 - 6:28pm in response to: Praveena Manvi

It's much better then JSF. Working with the Wicket is a pleasure :)

Igor Vaynberg replied on Thu, 2009/12/03 - 7:07pm

This code is broken:

13.                return new LoadableDetachableModel() {
14.                    @Override
15.                    protected Item load() {
16.                        return (Item) object;
17.                    }
18.                };
19.            }


You are neither loading nor detaching anything. There is a good section on models here:


As well as one that can be more applicable  here:






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