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GWT in Action: Easy Ajax with the Google Web Toolkit by Adam Tacy, Robert Hanson

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Chapter 1. Introducing GWT

This chapter covers

  • High-level overview of GWT’s toolset

  • Comparison of GWT to similar technologies

  • An example of a GWT application

In May 2006, Google released the Google Web Toolkit (GWT), a set of development tools, programming utilities, and widgets that let you create rich Internet applications differently than you may have done before. The difference between GWT and all those other frameworks is that with GWT you write your browser-side code in Java instead of JavaScript. For those of us who rely on Java as a trusted tool, this is a monumental difference over traditional JavaScript coding. It means that besides gaining all the advantages of Java as a programming language, you also get immediate access to a gazillion ...

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