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GWT vs other Frameworks

 
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I am not very familiar with GWT, but I have used Taconite and Prototype in a few projects. What advantages does GWT offer over frameworks like Taconite or Prototype. Why would I make the switch?

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GWT focuses on easing the development of AJAX applications using Java. It tries to give you an environment which enables you to write your code in Java and then have it compiled to HTML and browser independent Javascript. You can develop and deploy your AJAX application using an IDE - eclipse and a servlet container such as tomcat. Unit testing your app is a snap using extensions to junit. It seems to fit well into a java development environment. There are also tools out there now that will let you design entire gwt guis using vb like drag and drop of components from a pallet !

I have used prototype quite a bit, mostly with rails and I really like it. I consider it more bare metal, and if you are comfortable with javascript it would seem to be a good choice. Have not used taconite. Check out jquery (http://jquery.com/) - an alternative to prototype thats very good. I think you will like it.



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Eric-

Here is one of the GUI desginers that Prabhakar is referring to.

GWT Designer from Instantiations

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Thank you both for the info. I will do some more reading. I like the idea of being able to code in Java, then compiling into Javascript. I am all for anything that makes life easier.

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