Chapter 17. Peeking into how GWT works

This chapter covers

  • GWT compilation process

  • GWT compiler outputs

  • GWT loading mechanism

We’ve arrived at the final chapter in our discussion on GWT, where we’ll round off by looking at how GWT performs the magic that it does. When we started using GWT, we were first interested in building applications; then, as our curiosity got the better of us, we started wondering how GWT works behind the scenes.

We asked ourselves questions like, how does the compilation work? Why are so many HTML and XML files produced, and what do they do? How is an application loaded into the web browser? What does the produced JavaScript look like? How does GWT manipulate the DOM? There were, and still are, many more questions, and we suspect ...

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