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Benefits of GWT in 61 Slides

Didier Girard releases 61 slides introducing why GWT is better solution for developing modern web apps.

Benefits to be highlighted are:

  • GWT is simple: Developing a web application with GWT is as simple as developing a Windows application with VB and it supports MDI apps too
  • GWT cuts costs: Building a GWT application is 5 times faster than building a J2EE application
  • GWT is offline compatible: A GWT application doesn’t need a server (using Google Gears?)
  • GWT applications are efficient: Local computation, bandwidth optimization
  • PHP, Struts, JSF and Spring MVC has no future (?)
  • GWT is about Ajax: No more «Blank page» effect, fresh data without reload, able to utilize great client UI widgets (i.e. Ext JS), better scalability etc.

He also tries to keep GWT away from common misjudgments like:

  1. You must use Java on the server to host GWT apps
  2. Compiled javascript is impossible to debug
  3. GWT are heavy
  4. GWT is HTML incompatible
  5. GWT are (Java) applets
  6. GWT is not free

Conclusion: GWT, c’est facile, efficace et beau! Please translate it into English for me. I don’t know Français :)  but thank you a lot, Didier.

(Please read another post of mine summarizing Didier’s thoughts on GWT basis vs. what of Microsoft Volta.)

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