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Part 1 Getting started
1. Introducing GWT
1.1. A walk through GWT
1.2. GWT vs. other solutions
1.3. Building your first GWT application
2. Creating the default application
2.1. The GWT application development lifecycle
2.2. Stage 1: Creating a GWT application
3. Advancing to your own application
3.1. Describing the application example
3.2. Stage 2: Developing your application
3.3. Stage 3: Testing and debugging in hosted mode
3.4. Stage 4: Compiling the code
3.5. Stage 5: Deploying the code
3.6. Stage 6: Running in web mode
3.7. Implementing application logging
Part 2 Building user interfaces
4. Working with widgets
4.1. What is a widget?
4.2. The standard GWT widgets
4.3. Creating new widgets
4.4. Developing the Dashboard’s
5. Working with panels
5.1. What is a panel?
5.2. The standard GWT panels
5.3. Creating new panels
5.4. Creating the Dashboard panel
6. Handling events
6.1. Exploring events
6.2. Listening to events
6.3. Handling standard browser events
6.4. Handling other event types
6.5. Implementing drag-and-drop
7. Creating composite widgets
7.1. What is a composite widget?
7.2. Composite widget development steps
7.3. Building the editable label
7.4. Creating a composite widget from other composite widgets
7.5. Creating the Dashboard composite
8. Building JSNI components
8.2. Communicating using JSNI
9. Modularizing an application
9.1. Creating a modularization structure
9.2. Including third-party modules
9.3. Packaging your own modules
9.4. Creating the Java package structure
Part 3 Advanced techniques
10. Communicating with GWT-RPC
10.1. Underlying RPC concepts
10.2. Implementing GWT-RPC
10.3. Project summary
11. Examining client-side RPC architecture
11.1. Structuring the client code
11.2. Examining different polling techniques
11.3. Writing custom field serializers
12. Classic Ajax and HTML forms
12.1. Classic Ajax with RequestBuilder
13. Achieving interoperability with JSON
13.2. Examining GWT’s JSON data objects
13.3. Creating a search component using JSON
13.4. Implementing a Yahoo Search proxy service
14. Automatically generating new code
14.1. Generating new types
14.2. Investigating GWT generators
14.3. Creating a generator for the Dashboard
15. Changing applications based on GWT properties
15.1. Quick summary of properties
15.2. Managing browser differences
15.3. Supporting internationalization in full
15.4. Altering the application for the locale
15.5. Implementing user-defined properties
Part 4 Completing the understanding
16. Testing and deploying GWT applications
16.1. Testing GWT code using JUnit
16.2. Deploying GWT applications
17. Peeking into how GWT works
17.1. Examining the compilation process and output
17.2. The GWT application-loading mechanism
About the Technology
In May of 2006 Google released the Google Web Toolkit. GWT enables developers to create Ajax applications in Java. With GWT, you can build your applications using a real object-oriented language and take advantage of Java tools like Eclipse that are already available. Instead of trying to bring tool support to Ajax, Google brought Ajax to a place where the tools already existed.
About the book
GWT in Action shows you how to take advantage of these exciting new tools. This clearly-written book is packed with hands-on GWT examples. You'll absorb the GWT philosophy as you build your first working GWT application.
The book begins by exploring the main features of GWT, including
- Building client-side components
- Convenient JUnit integration and testing
You'll also see how GWT compares to other toolkits.
GWT in Action shows you how to set up your development environment, use and create widgets, communicate with the server, and much more. Readers will follow an example running throughout the book and quickly master the basics of GWT: widgets, panels, and event handling. The book covers the full development cycle, from setting up your development environment, to building the application, then deploying it to the web server. The entire core GWT library is discussed, with details and examples on how it can be extended.
- Testing, debugging, and deploying GWT Applications
- Communicating with GWT-RPC
- Examining client-side RPC architecture
- Alternative RPC tools: HTTPRequest, RequestBuilder, and FormPanel
- Making your GWT application flexible and supportable
GWT helps you make the most of Ajax in your web applications and GWT in Action helps you get more out of GWT.
- Comprehensive GWT tutorial
- Build a full-scale GWT application
- Interacting with the server using GWT-RPC, JSON, and other tools
- Building, testing, and deploying GWT applications
About the authors
Robert Hanson is a US-based senior Internet engineer and creator of the popular open source GWT Widget Library. Robert also maintains a blog at http://roberthanson.blogspot.com where he talks about GWT and other topics relating to the industry.
Adam Tacy is a consultant working for WM- Data in the Nordics and a contributor to the GWT Widget Library project.
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