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GWT Is Neither Java Nor JavaScript: It's GWT

I've heard of many people criticizing GWT, some of the most common reasons are that it translates Java into JavaScript, that web sites are not desktop applications, and that GWT uses Java to write code. Well, here's my thoughts on these points.

I've always looked at GWT like a very interesting technology, but I only recently introduced myself to real GWT development to create the admin interface of MeshCMS 4 (my own GPL CMS). I'm really impressed, and I'm writing this post to point out how I think one should look at GWT.

GWT is neither Java nor JavaScript

Let me clarify what I mean. Sure, you use Java syntax and Java tools when developing (I'm a NetBeans fan for what it's worth). But in a certains sense you're not writing real Java code, since you're not targeting the Java VM. But clearly you're not writing JavaScript, and you can't use closures and such. If you write GWT code thinking about JavaScript, you've missed the whole point. Yes, it will become JavaScript…

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Another Approach To Use GWT With NetBeans

GWT is one of my favorite tools since it was born, but unfortunately I never had a chance to use it at work. I tested it some time ago and I loved it, but version 1.5 stands even above. I can't keep ignoring it, so I'm going to use it in my free time. I'm a GWT newbie, keep this in mind while reading, nevertheless I've organized a simple setup that I like and I wanted to share it hoping for comments and suggestions.

Most Java developers use Maven, as I do, although not always. I tried the GWT Maven plugin, it does everything, but I found it to be slow, even after it downloads everything. Since I've not found an easy way to make it run fast, I went back to Ant. The setup I'm going to describe runs faster than the Maven based one.

I tried the GWT4NB plugin for NetBeans, it works very well, but when I tested GWT for the first time, I used the tools created by Joakim Recht (GWT Task for Ant and GWT XDoclet). It looked smarter to me than using the wizards provided by an IDE. Now another…

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