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Open Source component-oriented Web framework used by the Brazilian Air Force, 
Emirates Real Estate Investment Trust, German National Library of Science and 
Technology, Japan National Police Agency, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign 
Affairs, Orange Moldova, Savings Banks Group Finland, Taiwan High Speed Rail, 
and Topicus B.V., among other organizations.

Wakefield, MA —23 April 2018— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the 
all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source 
projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® WicketTM v8.0.0, the 
component-oriented Web framework.

Apache Wicket is a popular component-oriented server-side Java Web framework 
used to build complex Web applications using fewer lines of code. With the 
tagline of "Write less, achieve more," the latest major release of Apache 
Wicket aims to help developers write even more robust, maintainable, and highly 
performant Web applications and Websites for governments, stores, universities, 
cities, banks, email providers, and more.

"Apache Wicket 8's flagship feature, support for Java 8 idioms, started off a 
few years ago, and allows for a really great development experience where you 
can achieve the same functionality in a more secure, readable way," said 
Martijn Dashorst, Vice President of Apache Wicket. "I think our users are going 
to be very happy with the benefits it brings."

Apache Wicket was initially developed in 2004 and joined The Apache Software 
Foundation in 2007. The project is one of the few survivors of the "Java 
server-side Web framework wars" of the mid 2000's —with a robust history and 
growing user base over the past decade, Apache Wicket remains a premier choice 
for Java developers across the world.

Using Apache Wicket, developers are able to build custom components easily, 
using normal Java idioms for extensibility and encapsulation. Wicket gives 
developers the ability to create complex user interfaces using just Java and 
HTML, and keep the applications secure and maintainable. Apache Wicket 
abstracts the request oriented Web technologies away and provides user 
interface concepts to the Java developer. So instead of thinking "requests" and 
"responses", developers using Wicket think "Pages", "Panels", "Buttons", 
"Links", "Forms" and "ListViews".

Apache Wicket 8.0.0 includes new features, bug fixes and improvements that 
include:

 - Java 8 or newer is required
 - Servlet 3.1 is required
 - Component databinding (IModel) is now a Functional Interface
 - Native JSR 310 Date/Time support
 - Java's Optional type is used in the right places
 - Removal of many deprecated features from previous versions

The full list of new features and changes is available in the project release 
notes at https://wicket.apache.org/2018/05/22/wicket-8-released.html

"Wicket 8 is a long awaited milestone for the project," said Andrea del Bene, 
Apache Wicket committer and Apache Wicket v8.0 Release Manager. "We are proud 
to provide all the new functionality to Web developers who can leverage Java 8 
to remove many lines of code throughout their code bases. The new features are 
essential for modern Java developers. With Wicket 8, developers can create more 
maintainable and better performant applications."

Apache Wicket is used by thousands of organizations that include Åland Islands 
Library, Brazilian Air Force, Emirates Real Estate Investment Trust, German 
National Library of Science and Technology, India Goa Directorate of 
Agriculture, Japan National Police Agency, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign 
Affairs, Orange Moldova, Pune Smart City, RiskCo, Savings Banks Group Finland, 
Sweden's Helge Library, Taiwan High Speed Rail, and Topicus B.V., among others.

"Apache Wicket always had security as one of its pillar stones. This is why we 
know our access management solution Topicus KeyHub has a solid foundation with 
Wicket," said Martijn Maatman, manager at Topicus B.V. "Wicket 8 contains new 
and improved features to increase security and effectiveness. This makes it our 
framework of choice to build software solutions that can stand the test of 
time."

"Apache Wicket's focus on plain Java and HTML enabled OpenMeetings to migrate 
from Flash to a maintainable codebase," said Maxim Solodovnik, VP of Apache 
OpenMeetings™ Web conferencing project. "The stability and modularity of the 
Wicket framework gives us the assurance our investment is not obsolete in a 
couple of weeks or months."

"Wicket comes with a great user guide, and with our quick-start wizard you can 
have your first Wicket project up and running in seconds," added Dashorst.

Catch Apache Wicket in action with live examples on the Apache Wicket Website, 
as well as many available recordings of presentations from JavaZone, Devoxx, 
and ApacheCon.

Availability and Oversight
Apache Wicket software is released under the Apache License v2.0 and is 
overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A 
Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, 
including community development and product releases. For downloads, 
documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache Wicket, visit 
http://wicket.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/apache_wicket 

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 
leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server —the world's most 
popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as 
"The Apache Way," more than 730 individual Members and 6,800 Committers across 
six continents successfully collaborate to develop freely available 
enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of 
software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community 
actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and 
ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The 
ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations 
and corporate sponsors including Aetna, Anonymous, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget 
Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, 
Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, Oath, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, 
Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, and Union Investment. For 
more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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