[Catalyst] Google AJAX toolkit - opinions?

Matt S Trout dbix-class at trout.me.uk
Thu May 18 17:57:25 CEST 2006

Phil Mitchell wrote:
> On 5/17/06, *Matt S Trout* <dbix-class at trout.me.uk 
> <mailto:dbix-class at trout.me.uk>> wrote:
>     Phil Mitchell wrote:
>      > Mumbojumbo? I think this looks really cool. This is not YAJSLib,
>     it's a
>      > java compiler that outputs cross-browser-compliant js + html. I
>     say wow!
>      > Thanks for pointing this out...
>     Wow? Bah, there are several similar things already in Java and at least
>     one commercial project that compiles down multiple languages.
>     And this isn't even a compiler anyway, it's an AWT for the web - which
>     is damn interesting but nothing like what you seem to be talking about.
>     And of course almost certainly unbrandable as all hell - although at
>     least probably better than ASP.Net.
>     If this is "wow", get out from under your rock and use the main bit of
>     google to go find the already-extant alternatives :)
> Hmm. I confess I didn't do much more than read google's blurb:
> "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 <http://java.sun.com/> programming language, and the GWT 
> compiler converts your Java classes to browser-compliant JavaScript and 
> HTML."
> but still a little puzzled by your comments. My rock is too heavy! Help! 
> Help!

In which case, I stand corrected, it appears to be a compiler, after a 
fashion. In which case it's only the 3rd such thing I've seen rather than the 
10th, but it's still not "wow" :)

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