2. Getting Started with GWT 2

Why use GWT 2? What are its advantages and disadvantages? What is required to take advantage of this tool? How should you plan your work? In this chapter we consider the whys, whats, and hows of GWT development; why you and your company should consider its usage, what components are included in its framework, and how—with which tools—you should do your development.

Why Use Gwt?

Since its introduction at the JavaOne conference in May 2006, GWT has been evolving, going from version 1.0 through 1.7 and up to the current 2.3, but the question is still asked frequently: Why would you code web applications with GWT? Why not stay with JavaScript? What advantages does GWT bring? Is it a complete framework for web development? ...

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