Thursday, September 28, 2006

Google Web Toolkit (GWT) and Ajax

Yesterday, Nanda Firdausi called my attention to Google Web Toolkit (GWT). I´ve taken a close look at the same and I believe it´s worth to use this framework especially by Java developers who want to avoid Javascript. Google claims that "GWT makes writing AJAX applications leasy for developers who don't speak browser quirks as a second language". In his blogpost Google's Innovative Yet Limited Ajax Environment: GWT, Dion Hinchcliffe, one of my favourite bloggers, wrote "GWT seems very high quality, and lets developers write entire Ajax applications in Java, so they can take advantage of excellent development, testing, and refactoring tools such as Eclipse that have formed around the Java development world for a decade". He provided a nice figure of the GWT framework that I´m including here.

Dion also pointed to Rick Hightower´s post Google's GWT ? The Most Important Announcement At JavaOne? talking about the key benefits of GWT.
In the Ajaxian 2006 Survey Results, published last week, GWT appears in the last position of the list led by more popular Ajax frameworks such as Prototype,, Dojo, and DWR. Nevertheless, I believe that GWT will be the first solution for core Java developers in the future. It´s just a matter of time.

Sources related to GWT
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