Google Web Toolkit GWT Java AJAX Programming: A step-by-step to Google Web Toolkit for creating Ajax applications fast Paperback – Feb 15 2007
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About the Author
Prabhakar Chaganti is the founder and CTO of Ylastic, a start-up that is building a single unified interface to architect, manage, and monitor a user's entire AWS Cloud computing environment: EC2, S3, RDS, AutoScaling, ELB, Cloudwatch, SQS, and SimpleDB. He is the author of Xen Virtualization and GWT Java AJAX Programming, and is also the winner of the community choice award for the most innovative virtual appliance in the VMware Global Virtual Appliance Challenge. He hangs out on Twitter as @pchaganti.
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Chaganti. First is a general sloppiness with regard to getting technical details right. The book presents many examples but it becomes clear early on that the author has not ever run the vast majority of the example code in print. How do I know. Because I had to clean up numerous compile time errors before they would run at all. The types of errors are very basic Java novice syntax errors but they reveal a sloppiness and a low standard held by the author as well as by the publisher PACKT ( where was the editor ).
I tried to get around this problem by assuming that the publishing standard was the problem and I could get the source code for the examples and everything would be fine.
Wrong. The book promises source code for the examples in the book but if you go to the web site ( at least as of July 1st, 2007 ) and you want to get source code for examples the first thing you have to do is to select from a menu the book you want code for. The title "Google Web Toolkit ...." was not on the menu so I could not get code.
I have sent email to the author explaining the problems but I have not received any response. I have spent good money but have gotten nothing.
The downloadable code contains working code but the publisher didn't bother to put the code into the correct directory structure; everything is in the base directory even though the files themselves are in packages.
This book is not substantive enough to justify a $40+ price tag especially since it's riddled with errors I would recommend one of the other books on GWT that are now on the market over this one, they are more sustantive, better put together, and more reasonably priced for what you get.
If you write new GWT application from scratch, this one is an easy reading. But if you need integration GWT to existing project, this book is not very helpful.
It's too expensive for a such a little book.
I liked the examples as they were things you would want to do. The examples range from self contained form tasks to a full widget. The examples appeared to be "complete" with a description before each section. While there are explanations at the end of the example, some examples are really long. On example has 3.75 pages of getters and setters. Some examples emphasize business logic more than GWT. Other examples were really good. I think the examples get better if you read the book a few times. I was having trouble following the large code segments at the beginning and it got easier once I understood GWT. Basically, you should feel comfortable learning from code.
I wasn't always that clear on what objects/APIs were available in different scenarios, but the GWT API online provides that information nicely. I'd like the book shows me how to do something rather than just repeat what is online. I think this book and the website complement each other nicely by providing different perspectives.
All in all, I am happy with the book. It helps jump into GWT and provides a useful resource to learn by example.