Google Web Toolkit

I’m evaluating Google Web Toolkit for use in a work project.

For those of you not in the know, this toolkit allows you to code
web-based apps in Java (or at least a subset of it), then generate
the Javascript etc. required for hosting and voila… bootiful AJAX-like
websites in a jiffy.

Now why this gets me wet is not because of Java, but because of
NO PHP! Wheeee! But mostly because it gives me an excuse to try
out Java at work 😉 No; it is because of NO PHP!!! Oh; said that
already. Right…

A cool feature of the toolkit is the ability to code your little app/website,then ‘serve’ it (or ‘host’ it as GWT calls it) in a little browser thingy suppliedwith the toolkit. This allows you to make changes to your Java code, hit refresh in the hosted page and see the changes immediately. In short; we are talking very rapid development here, coupled with the powerful debugging capabilities of the Java / Eclipse combination (or so I’m told).

Will keep you posted of any major dramas etc.

Other than that; I’m in serious need of a big stomp (that means ‘trance party’ for those not in the know).



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