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GWT in Action: Easy Ajax with the Google Web Toolkit Paperback – Jun 15 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (June 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933988231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933988238
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,551,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars hard to follow and understand July 5 2007
By Jeanne Boyarsky - Published on
Format: Paperback
Usually, I really like the "in action" series, but "GWT in Action" disappointed me. The book focus on examples "in action" almost to the exclusion of having the reader understand the concepts. It wasn't until the end of the book that I really understood what was going on.

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 felt that the book was trying to reach too broad an audience. For beginners without an understanding of JavaScript/HTML/DOM, I think it is overwhelming. The book provides "what's new in GWT 1..4", but the book is overkill for someone already using GWT. Most of the time the book treats what happens under the hood of GWT as magic and other times it becomes important. This switching of focus is a bit confusing.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book so far on GWT Dec 8 2007
By Alex Tolley - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is the 2nd book I bought to do GWT. "GWT in Action" is by far the best book to learn GWT (at least when I bought it in summer 2007). Since I had already been using GWT, I used this book to successfully resolve a number of issues I was having, especially with event handling.

An area that could use improvement in future editions is explaining how to integrate with existing javascript code libraries, something that really has to be assumed is a requirement with GWT. A good javascript reference, like O'Reilly's "Javascript: The Definitive Guide" should also be acquired.

I use Instantiations GWTDesigner Eclipse plugin to do my code work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Easy To Follow May 26 2009
By Russell D. Holloway - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I started to learn about GWT for the first time about 6 months ago, and this was one of three GWT textbooks that I purchased (The others were GWT In Practice and Google Web Toolkit Applications).

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.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book has very little substance July 14 2007
By Jeet - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is very basic. I was exploring the GWT RPC functionality. I found RPC example hardly useful to do anything with it. If you are looking for a book to develop RPC applications, I do not recommend this book.

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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the best. Sept. 8 2007
By Malcolm Gorman - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
GWT in Action is a good read, with the pace and depth of instruction just right, suggesting these guys enjoy writing. They like explaining stuff, and the book's editors would have been hard-pressed to eliminate a paragraph without losing an interesting and useful tip or aside. And these guys are GWT software library developers themselves (see the GWT Widget Library at SourceForge, by Mr Hanson). I was enthralled by the GWT presentations at the Google Developer Day 2007 in Sydney, and immediately bought Google Web Toolkit: GWT Java Ajax Programming by Prabhakar Chaganti. I liked it, but GWT in Action is significantly better, which I bought soon after. It's the best.