Chapter 1. GWT


This chapter covers
  • Understanding GWT’s place in the world
  • Introducing some of GWT’s more notable features
  • Preparing your development environment


This book is about empowerment. If you’re like 99% of us, you’re sinking in the relentless waves of new tooling in what has become a vast ocean of web development. What you seek is a way to escape the churning waters and land on solid ground.

As the cover says, this is a book about the Google Web Toolkit, pronounced “gwit” by the cool kids at Google, and although GWT might not put you on the perfect tropical island it will get you out of the water and give you a dry place to rest your head for awhile.

But what is GWT? GWT isn’t a “way,” or a framework, or a language. ...

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