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    Ext GWT for Desktop Apps


    Hello,

    I find the Ext Framework very useful in developing Web Apps. I am a programming student still schooling and would like to knoe, if I can use this Framework in developing Desktop-Apps (standalone RIA) with this Framework. Ich have search everywhere on the net but I could not find any thing about this.

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    yes, you can - but you would probably need to persist to something, so google gears might be worth adding

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    Quote Originally Posted by gslender View Post
    yes, you can - but you would probably need to persist to something, so google gears might be worth adding
    I don't get. Do you mean I would need to download and install Google gears? But I thought Google gears is just only a plugin for Br

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    you said standalone RIA - which is a self standing rich Internet application (implys the browser) so yes, you can make a RIA work without needing a web server using ExtGWT.

    GWT will always require a browser as it's inherently JavaScript and browser DOM manipulations (or Ajax).

    Gears is purely so that you can "store" things without needing a web server.

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    Thanks for your posts. I though I could create an app with GWT without needing a browser by may be just adding a main method in the java code and use it as an ordinary desktop app.

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    Nope. I renders the UI to a browser and that is the whole point of GWT.

    If you only wish to have it work on a desktop, why not just try Swing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gslender View Post
    Nope. I renders the UI to a browser and that is the whole point of GWT.

    If you only wish to have it work on a desktop, why not just try Swing?
    I know swing would work. But I just wanted everything/the development to be much easier und faster. I am trying to find some thing or develop an app, where the admin work on the desktop (may connected to the local server or from home connected to the web server) and other user most especially customers would then user the online portal.

    Actually I was thing about doing something like ebay desktop for web sites using the Ext GWT toolkit.

    Thanks a lot for your explanations. I known understand the framework a little bit besser.

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    If I were need a GUI framework I would take a look at Groovy based framework like this http://groovy.codehaus.org/Griffon . It brings Grails (http://grails.org) ideas to building desktop apps.

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    It's my understanding that Adobe AIR can compile Html/JS applications onto its platform. So, theoretically, you could use the output of the GWT compiler and shove that onto Adobe Air.

    Although, as previous posters have said, if all you want is a destkop application, why even bother with RIA technologies? You'll be better suited by using a GUI framework that was made for desktop applications.

    -JP

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