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    WDF Staff Wired's Avatar
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    Google Web Toolkit (GWT) is an open source Java software development framework that makes writing AJAX applications like Google Maps and Gmail easy for developers who don't speak browser quirks as a second language. Writing dynamic web applications today is a tedious and error-prone process; you spend 90% of your time working around subtle incompatibilities 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.
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    Frankly, I'm not too interested. I don't see anything it can do that jQuery with the correct plugins can do... The entire Java thing makes it interesting, but to me, its still not enough. *shrug* Using a separate medium just makes it seem more disconnected, and I need my JS to interact really closely with PHP and other stuff...
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    I'm not a fan of abstracting one language by wrapping it in a second. It's a messy architecture, with lots of potential pitfalls.

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    Senior Member Steax's Avatar
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    Me neither. And no matter how good the Java is, the result will always be mediocre compared to true JS.

    A few things:
    1. People will get hyped about it because it's a google product.
    2. People will think it's all so important because it's a google product (8/10 people I know will answer "google" if asked about the center of the internet, and 1 will answer yahoo)
    3. People will become even more confused about Java vs Javascript. Just watch.
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