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Wicket-CDI provides integration of CDI into Wicket

Wicket-CDI will be available as an official Wicket module starting with Wicket 6.1.0. This project will remain here to maintain a version compatible with Wicket 1.5.x and 6.0.x.

Notable Branches

  • wicket-6 branch contains Wicket 6 compatible version


Injection and LifeCycle

  • Application instance will be injected and its @PostConstruct methods will be invoked. Upon shutdown @PreDestroy methods will be invoked.
  • Session instances will be injected and its @PostConstruct methods will be invoked. @PreDestroy methods will not be invoked because servlet containers only notify after session has been destroyed.
  • Component instances will be injected. @PostConstruct methods will not be called because component injection happens in the base constructor and so if invoked these methods would run before the constructor of the class they are defined in has finished. @PreDestroy methods will not be called because there is no clear point at which a component instance is retired.
  • Behavior instances will be injected. @PostConstruct and @PreDestroy methods have the semantics as methods in Component.

Automatic Propagation of Long Running (Non-Transient) Conversations

Wicket-CDI supports three different conversation propagation modes:

  • NONE - conversations are not propagated across requests even if conversation is marked as non-transient
  • NONBOOKMARKABLE - conversations marked as non-transient are propagated page-to-page as long as page navigation is non-bookmarkable (setResponsePage(anotherPageInstance);). The propagation happens using page instance metadata so urls are not effected.
  • ALL - conversations marked as non-transient are propagated across all requests. The conversation id is encoded in a cid parameter of every url generated by Wicket.

NONBOOKMARKABLE mode offers a compromise between an all manual solution (NONE) and an all out propagation (ALL) by giving the developer a fairly easy way to define the scope for long-running conversations.

CDI-Aware RequestCycleListener Extension

Wicket-CDI provides a ICdiAwareRequestCycleListener mixin which allows request cycle listeners to take advantage of two new events:

  • onAfterConversationActivated() - called after a non-transient conversation is started or a long-running conversation is activated
  • onBeforeConversationDeactivated() - called right before the current conversation is deactivated at the end of request processing

This allows request cycle listeners to implement onBegin/EndRequest functionality but inside an active conversational context.

Injection of Unmanaged (aka NonContextual) Instances

It happens often that an unmanaged instance such as a Behavior or Session needs to be injected. Wicket-CDI provides a simple API to do just that:


Invoking this method on the instance will cause its injection points to be injected as well as any @PostConstruct methods to be invoked. There is also a symmetrical cleanup method which can be used to release any resources held by an unmanaged instance:


Invocation of this method will invoke any @PreDestroy methods as well as release all injected resources.


Wicket-CDI depends on seam-conversation module to activate and deactivate conversational contexts, so you will need a seam-conversation module specific to your CDI container. For example, for JBoss Weld:

	<version>3.0.0.CR2</version> <!-- TODO check for latest version -->

Then add the Wicket-CDI module:

	<version>1.0</version> <!-- TODO check for latest version -->


Configuration of Wicket-CDI is done via a CdiConfiguration object that uses a simple fluent api:

public class MyApplication extends WebApplication {
    protected void init() {
        BeanManager beanManager=retrieveBeanManagerUsingCdiContainerSpecificApi();
		new CdiConfiguration(beanManager)

Example code retrieving the BeanManager from Weld running in a servlet container:

import org.jboss.weld.environment.servlet.Listener;
public class MyApplication extends WebApplication {
    protected void init() {
        BeanManager manager = (BeanManager)getServletContext().getAttribute(Listener.BEAN_MANAGER_ATTRIBUTE_NAME);

Copyright and License

Copyright 2012 42Lines Inc

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this work except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License in the LICENSE file, or at:


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