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Google Web Toolkit Continues Gaining Momentum

Bookmarks recently featured an introduction to web application development using the Google Web Toolkit (GWT). GWT was released at JavaOne in May of this year, and  IBM DeveloperWorks also posted one the week before.  Currently GWT fully supports development on Windows and Linux with hosted mode OS X support promised in the future.

GWT allows the creation of Ajax web applications using only Java code. In hosted development mode your GWT appliction code continues to run as Java inside the JVM. This allows developers to leverage their existing IDE's for functionality like profiling and debugging. At deployment time GWT project code is compiled into Javascript form and ready to run in a browser. UI development features a Swing like widget API which is event driven. GWT also adds an RPC layer that shields developers form the complexities of using the XMLHttpRequest object.

GWT has been gaining support in the Java community since its release. Sites are already appearing featuring integration with third-party Javascript API's such as Support of GWT has also been announced for IntelliJ and for Netbeans

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  • A better GWT project ...

    by John Reynolds,

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    You should really point readers to the GWT Widget Library on sourceforge: . The link above only has 9 components, and hasn't had anything new in many weeks! The GWT Widget Lib has over 50 classes! Nobody paid me to say this =)
    John Reynolds

  • Re: A better GWT project ...

    by Floyd Marinescu,

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    John - thanks for the pointer! :)

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