Slow right click on Windows

2011-06-19 08:12:44 +0200

Besides by Mac laptop I have a Windows desktop at home. Windows 7 is all in all quite a nice OS. However, after using Windows for a while, Windows seems to start degrading. Of course one solution is to reinstall Windows, but that's not exactly a clean solution. I wanted to know the source why Windows seems so slow. Better investigation seems the only problem is the File Explorer, especially when using the context menu/right clicking on a file.
This led me to think some third shell extension for the explorer might be the cause.
After some google'ing I found this nice article: slow right click. In the article a tool is listed: ShellExView. Using this tool you can disable any shell extension that's hooked in the explorer. I disabled all software not coming from Microsoft, and my Windows starting working smoothly again! Of course any overlay icons from for example TortoiseSVN don't work anymore, but that's the whole idea of  these shell extensions. Now I just have to shell extensions one by one to find out what's the actual cause of the slowness, but that's better then reinstalling windows.

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Wicket Exception when using wrong order in addComponent

2011-02-19 17:19:01 +0100

Today I working on a application that uses the Wicket framework. I was plagued with the following Exception:

WicketMessage: org.apache.wicket.WicketRuntimeException: component myForm:myTable:editor not found on page nl.gerbrand-ict.gui.HomePage[id = 4], listener interface = [RequestListenerInterface name=IActivePageBehaviorListener, method=public abstract void org.apache.wicket.behavior.IBehaviorListener.onRequest()]

Root cause:


In place of the ... there was a full stacktrace, which information that's not not relevant for this posting.

Turned out the solution was pretty simple, but the cause isn't that easy to find and is quite a good example how some design decisions in Wicket aren't considered as clean.

I'm using Ajax-features of Wicket extensively.
I was creating a table, which contained editable fields (AjaxEdiableLabel). This would allow the user to click on a field in the table, to edit the content.
Somewhere I had the following code:

if .. needed .. {
... make item invisible

The super.onSubmit belonged, in this case, to AjaxEditableLabel. I found out the super.onSubmit() would call target.addComponent(this); to update the editable label itself. As you could see, in my code I'm telling wicket to update the component that's the parent of the editable label also.

In this case, the code caused wicket to first update the parent-panel, which in this case makes the child-component invisible. Then the wicket tries to redraw the child-component, which is then invisible. That will trigger the above error.
Unfortunately, solving this error isn't quite easy in all cases. Especially when you'd use a AjaxSelfUpdatingBehaviour you can have little control on the redrawing order.

Fortunately I found a good tip on the wicket mailing list to get rid of the exception. Add the following code your Wicketapplication class (the class that extends org.apache.wicket.protocol.http.WebApplication):

    protected IRequestCycleProcessor newRequestCycleProcessor() {
    	//Tip from
    	return new WebRequestCycleProcessor(){
    		public IRequestTarget resolve(final RequestCycle requestCycle,
    				final RequestParameters requestParameters) {
    	        try {
    	            return super.resolve(requestCycle, requestParameters);
    	        } catch (InvalidUrlException e) {
    	            if (requestCycle.getRequest().getURL().contains("LinkListener") || requestCycle.getRequest().getURL().contains("BehaviorListener")) {
    	            	log.warn("Couldn't process event, is ignored because of: "+e.getMessage());
                        //ignore exception
    	                return new PageRequestTarget(requestCycle.getRequest().getPage());
    	            } else {
                        //normal operation
    	            	throw e;


The above code will ignore all of the exception that occur when wicket tries to do something with an component that's no longer available because of an ajax-update. Of course this fix isn't very nice, hopefully later versions of Wicket fix the error all-together when Ajax-support is improved. For now, this seems the best solution.

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