Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Google Web Toolkit a Year Later: Was it the correct level of abstraction?

A little over a year ago, Ajaxian published an editorial entitled Google Web Toolkit: The correct level of abstraction? In it, Dion raised some important questions about GWT:

  • Isn't debugging generated Javascript going to be messy?
  • Wouldn't the large size of the generated Javascript make it's use infeasible?
  • Where is all of the cool stuff, like effects libraries, etc.?
  • Is generating "assembler" in Javascript really the right level of abstraction?

Now that a year has passed and people have had a chance to experiment and develop with GWT, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit these questions. I interviewed GWT practitioners Dr. Adam Tacy and Robert Hanson, who -- aside from working on commercial projects featuring GWT -- have just finish their first book on the subject, GWT in Action: Easy Ajax with the Google Web Toolkit. They were kind enough to answer a few of my questions.

1 comment:

yogijp said...

36 GWT Tutorials
http://blogs.pathf.com/agileajax/2007/07/36-gwt-tutorial.html

Articles and Tutorials
http://code.google.com/webtoolkit/articles.html