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hdave
10 Nov 2011, 8:38 PM
My company is considering a technology switch from Flash/Flex to Javascript/CSS/HTML...and GWT seems like a very attractive option. You folks here that have real world experience care to share an opinion on GWT vs JS?

troyg
13 Nov 2011, 1:01 PM
We're a Java development shop, and not so focused on making things look pretty, we're more about the business rules, and robustness, so our UI stuff always looked sub-par prior to GXT.

Now we get some great looking screens, that provide desktop like features, with bugger all work required on our part. Some nicely written APIs etc. All written in a typesafe language.

So we still can focus on the robust, and cleanly written code for business rules, but a better looking GUI for bugger all effort.

Best thing we did for our app IMO.

Cheers
Troy

WesleyMoy
14 Nov 2011, 3:46 PM
If you’re transitioning from an application built in Flash/Flex with ActionScript, you’ll likely find GWT to be a uniquely good fit for your team. When developing in GWT, you’ll be using Java – a language with many similarities with ActionScript. Like ActionScript, Java has a class-based inheritance system (unlike the Lisp-inspired prototypal inheritance system of JavaScript). Java and ActionScript share the idea of explicit namespacing and member visibility, neither of which JavaScript alone provides. Also, if you’ve been using Adobe’s Flex editor, you’re already using GWT’s preferred IDE: Eclipse.

In short, if you like the structure that ActionScript affords you when building your application, you’ll feel right at home using Ext GWT for your next project. Download Ext GWT and give it a try – 45-day commercial trials of Ext GWT are available on the Sencha website at http://www.sencha.com/products/extgwt/download/.