GWT in Action: Easy Ajax with the Google Web Toolkit Paperback – Jun 15 2007
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About the Author
Robert Hanson is an Internet application maintenance specialist dealing with a host of different languages, databases, platforms, and frameworks. He has been programming professionally for over 10 years, half of which has been spent maintaining and enhancing existing web applications. Robert is the maintainer of the popular open-source project, GWT Widget Library, a collection of tools and widgets for the Google Web Toolkit. Adam Tacy is an IT consultant with a track record of delivering Java applications across the energy and automobile industries. He is involved in evaluating and bringing structure to new development technologies, often in early adopter projects as the project manager. Adam has contributed a number of widgets to the GWT Widget Library.
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I did like the step by step instructions on how to get started. The examples were good if you needed to do what the example did. It was tough to extrapolate to other scenarios though. Some of the code examples were rather long and involved. The end of the book was also good. It went into detail on HTML form controls, JSON, testing, deployment and most importantly - how GWT works. These would have been nice earlier in the book. Especially the HTML form section. The majority of AJAX at this time is related to forms. Since the cover says "easy AJAX with GWT", I expected more on form based AJAX examples.
I use Instantiations GWTDesigner Eclipse plugin to do my code work.
Overall, I used GWT In Action as a book to go to when GWT In Practice was a little harder to understand. GWT In Practice teaches GWT, but at a faster pace and using stronger software development techniques. When I needed to dive in deeper to a specific subject, GWT In Action was the perfect book.
I found the explanations easy, straight to the point, and very thorough - something which wasn't quite the same in other textbooks. Whereas GWT In Action may not be an advanced textbook in creating commercial applications, it is a perfect intro book to get the core concepts learned thoroughly and well.
The textbook is a little dated now, and the sample applications show it. However, as of the time of this review, most of the material is still perfectly relevant. There are some new features / objects available in GWT now that were not before, but all the old ones are still there. The textbook is not too outdated - it's still worth the purchase if you want a thorough coverage of the core GWT features.
Simply put - an easy to understand, thorough book on GWT.
Get the Dashboard example source code first and try out before buying the book. I was not impressed with the Dashboard example. Book spends most of the time building the example application.
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