GWT in Practice

Overview

If you're a web developer, you know that you can use Ajax to add rich, user-friendly, dynamic features to your applications. With the Google Web Toolkit (GWT), a new Ajax tool from Google that automatically converts Java to JavaScript, you can build Ajax applications using the Java language.

GWT in Practice is an example-driven, code-rich book designed for web developers already familiar with the basics of GWT who now want hands-on experience. After a quick review of GWT ...

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Overview

If you're a web developer, you know that you can use Ajax to add rich, user-friendly, dynamic features to your applications. With the Google Web Toolkit (GWT), a new Ajax tool from Google that automatically converts Java to JavaScript, you can build Ajax applications using the Java language.

GWT in Practice is an example-driven, code-rich book designed for web developers already familiar with the basics of GWT who now want hands-on experience. After a quick review of GWT fundamentals, GWT in Practice presents scores of handy, reusable solutions to the problems you face when you need to move beyond "Hello World" and "proof of concept" applications. This book skips the theory and looks at the way things really work when you're building. I also shows you where GWT fits into the Enterprise Java Developer's toolset. Written by expert authors Robert Cooper and Charlie Collins, this book combines sharp insight with hard-won experience. Readers will find thorough coverage of all aspects of GWT development from the basic GWT concepts to in depth real world example applications.

The first part of the book is a rapid introduction to the GWT methodology The second part of the book then delves into several practical examples which further demonstrate core aspects of the toolkit The book concludes by presenting several larger GWT applications including drag and drop support for UI elements, data binding, processing streaming data, handling application state, automated builds, and continuous integration.

Along the way GWT in Practice covers many additional facets of working with the toolkit. Various development tools are used throughout the book, including Eclipse, NetBeans, IDEA, Ant, Maven, and, of course, the old fashioned command line. The book also addresses integrating GWT with existing applications and services along with enterprise and team development.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933988290
  • Publisher: Manning Publications Company
  • Publication date: 6/10/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Cooper is a JEE developer with 15 years of web development experience. He is a contributor to several open source projects, including the ROME RSS/Atom API plugins for Podcasting and MediaRSS, is the author of the FeedPod text-to-speech podcasting system, and the gwt-maven plugins for supporting Maven based builds for Google Web Toolkit.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Getting Started 1

1 Introducing GWT 3

2 A New Kind of Client 32

3 Communicating with the Server 61

Pt. 2 Task-specific Issues 83

4 Core Application Structure 85

5 Other Techniques for Talking to Servers 107

6 Integrating Legacy and Third-Party Ajax Libraries 148

7 Building, Packaging, and Deploying 183

8 Testing and Continuous Integration 211

Pt. 3 Fully Formed Applications 247

9 Java Enterprise Reinvented 249

10 Building the Storefront 281

11 Managing Application State 300

Appendix A Notable GWT projects 335

Appendix B Quick Reference 338

Index 351

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