As part of their developer days activities this week Google announced a new offline web application API Google Gears.
Dr. Dobbs is currently featuring a case study of the Ajax framework selection process of a development team at T. Rowe Price. The article considers GWT, Dojo, Prototype/Scriptaculous, and Yahoo UI Library.
A new article on BEA's Dev2Dev site provides a way to sort through the numerous Ajax frameworks that are available today. The goal of the technique is to make it easier to understand the distinctions between the various frameworks by placing them on a set of axes including declarative versus procedural and client-centric versus server-centric.
Today Google fully open sourced their GWT toolkit under the Apache 2.0 license. The development process of the toolkit going forward will also be open including development discussions, code reviews, future milestones, and the entire codebase.
The first release candidate of GWT 1.2 has been announced. Among the changes are full support for OS X development, faster hosted mode, a new HTTP request module, and widgets in TreeItems. InfoQ sat down with GWT tech lead Bruce Johnson to discuss the release.
GWT has become the new favorite technology of tools providers. Instantiations, makers of visual design tools for SWT and Swing, has now added GWT support with the GWT designer.
JavaServer Faces provides a general framework for web applications. Google's GWT toolkit also provides structure for web applications on both the client and server tiers. A new article on TheServerSide highlighting the G4jsf project shows how the technologies can be complementary instead of competitive.
Version 1.1 of the Google Web Toolkit has just been released. New features include localization support, RPC optimizations, and JUnit enhancements. InfoQ sat down with GWT Tech Lead Bruce Johnson to discuss the new release.
InfoWorld columnist Peter Wayner recently reviewed six of the most popular open source Ajax toolkits. He was curious if they were enterprise ready in comparison to commercial products such Backbase, JackBe, and Tibco's General Interface. The six open source projects covered were selected because each has a high-profile in the developer community and support of one or more stable organizations.
Wirelexsoft has announced VistaFei, an Eclipse-based visual GUI editor for Google Web Toolkit (GWT). GWT UI's can be built using drag and drop from a Palette controls and WYSIWYG editing area. VistaFei provides more than 35 elements in the palette covering most developer's needs for AJAX application design.