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Using Google Web Toolkit

User: jarcher
Date: 4/25/2007 3:19 pm
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A session I attended on Thursday named Using Google Web Toolkit by Bret Taylor and Bruce Johnson was one of the coolest and most inspiring I'd seen at the entire conference. In a nutshell, Google's open source initiatives have among many other things produced a set of frameworks and a compiler that allows you to
program client-side ajax applications in java and then compiles it to javascript for you. This pretty much insulates you from all the issues of javascript and gives you the power of java's static type checking, unit testing, design patterns, code reuse, etc.
Up until this point, I had avoided ajax application development because I don't have the time or fortitude to program all the browser dependencies and debugging javascript is a small nightmare. With this toolkit, I just very well may start programming ajax interfaces.
The only small drawback is that the distribution is for windows and linux, but I've seen some blog entries on the web that suggest a procedure to get the linux distribution to work on OS X. I'll post my results if I can get it to work.
the url to the toolkit is http://code.google.com/webtoolkit

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