Thursday, May 25th, 2006
Greg Longman of Tacos/Tapestry fame loves his IDE, so when GWT came out he decided to give it a go, letting him stay in Java land.
He then wrote up his thoughts on building his first GWT widget, an autocompleter.
I definitely see the desire to stay in your programming environment, but it looks like a lot of code for an autocompleter. Don’t compare to the Proto/Script AutoCompleter (although there are some issues with that… such as key bindings that you would expect to work).
Some have compared to Rails’ RJS, but it is important to note the difference. GWT/Script#/XML11/… all let you use Java and some of the APIs to build apps. Some ask you to work with Java only apis such as AWT, others like GWT give you new APIs (com.google.gwt.*). RJS has created a domain specific language for doing Ajax-y things. The DSL just happens to be in Ruby.
Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:40 am