Accelerated GWT: Building Enterprise Google Web Toolkit Applications

  • 4h 4m
  • Vipul Gupta
  • Apress
  • 2008

Ajax is a web development technique that takes advantage of JavaScript to display and interact dynamically with information embedded into a web page. Its emergence has made it possible to create web applications that closely resemble their desktop–based brethren. With this exciting new ability came several challenges; not only did developers have to learn JavaScript, but they were also forced to use inefficient development processes, not to mention deal with cross–platform and browser difficulties. But with the release of Google Web Toolkit (GWT), Java developers are able to continue using their favorite language to write powerful Ajax applications while using not only the Java language, but also the very same development tools they’re already using on a daily basis!

Serious Java developers wanting to write Ajax applications using GWT can expect a fast–paced, yet thorough, introduction to GWT from Java expert Vipul Gupta. You’ll gain key insights into the GWT framework’s capabilities and can rely on clear instruction that will show you how to incorporate GWT into your daily development routine in the most effective way. Accelerated GWT introduces you to the popular GWT framework in a way that will allow you to begin using GWT in short order. Foregoing superfluous introductions to JavaScript and Ajax, you’ll instead be immersed in GWT fundamentals from the very first chapter. Subsequent chapters discuss key GWT concepts such as architecture, widgets, and RPC. Understanding you’ll want to efficiently integrate GWT into your development workflow, the author also devotes time to sound GWT application design, testing, and internationalization issues.

What you’ll learn

  • Use GWT’s Remote Procedure Call (RPC) capabilities to greatly enhance the user experience by optimizing application performance.
  • Go beyond basic syntax fundamentals to learn how to most effectively design and test your GWT applications.
  • Build complex interfaces by taking advantage of GWT’s advanced widget offerings.

Who is this book for?

Java–minded web developers seeking to incorporate Ajax capabilities into their web applications without sacrificing sound development principles.

About the Author

VIPUL GUPTA is a software engineer who designs and develops complex web-based applications and distributed software systems. His professional experience includes implementing a virtual file system for a web-based application and developing highly scalable back ends and extremely responsive web-based UIs for high-traffic websites. He has also worked on the prototype of a complex workflow-based solution that is used to handle various business processes. He is an expert in developing enterprise-level applications in the financial domain and has expertise in using a wide range of open source and commercial tools and technologies.

In this Book

  • GWT Basics and a First Application
  • GWT Architecture and Internal Features
  • UI Programming: Basic Widgets
  • Communication: RPC
  • UI Programming: Handling Events and Using Advanced Widgets
  • Communication: Advanced Techniques
  • Testing GWT Applications
  • Internationalizing Your Applications: A Modern-Day Reality
  • Some Important, Not-to-Be-Missed Techniques—The History Mechanism, Deployment, Server-Side Sessions, Bundling ImageBundles, and Creating Reusable Modules
  • Peeking Into the Upcoming GWT 1.5 Release