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New Google Tool Compiles Java to JavaScript and HTML


Wednesday, May 17, 2006; 02:47 AM

Google launched a new free tool - the Google Web Toolkit (GWT). It is a Java software development framework that makes writing AJAX applications easy.  The project website is available at http://code.google.com/webtoolkit/ .

With GWT, developers can develop and debug AJAX applications in the Java language using the Java development tools of their choice. When the application is deployed to production, the GWT compiler translates the Java application to browser-compliant JavaScript and HTML.

The project in a nutshell : "Writing dynamic web applications today is a tedious and error-prone process; you spend 90% of your time working around subtle incompatabilities between web browsers and platforms, and JavaScript's lack of modularity makes sharing, testing, and reusing AJAX components difficult and fragile. GWT lets you avoid many of these headaches while offering your users the same dynamic, standards-compliant experience. You write your front end in the Java programming language, and the GWT compiler converts your Java classes to browser-compliant JavaScript and HTML."

The full list of features is available at http://code.google.com/webtoolkit/ .   From the official announcement : "Try it out for yourself to appreciate how cool the product is."

GWT is available for both commercial and non-commercial use. The GWT Java class libraries are open source under the Apache License, Version 2.0. The GWT Java-to-JavaScript compiler and hosted web browser are shipped binary-only and are subject to a Google-provided license, which allows for commercial use of GWT but not for selling the toolkit itself.



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