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Thursday, June 29th, 2006

IntelliJ IDEA Google Web Toolkit Support

Category: Google, JavaScript, Library

The JetBrains folk have smart marketing guys. Their marketing director got dirty and created a GWT Studio Plugin for IntelliJ IDEA 6.0. You can see a demo of the GWT work which shows how to create an Ajax image viewer application.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:56 am

3.3 rating from 38 votes

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Google Ajax Search API

Category: Google, JavaScript, Library

Google has released a new search API that lets you add an Ajax version of Google Search to your site (instead of just a simple search box that heads off to Google land). As well as the API itself, you can take a look at the search module as an example:

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:49 am

4.3 rating from 46 votes

GWT in the Wild: Mortgage Calculator

Category: Google, Showcase

From Colorado Homefinder comes this real-world example of GWT to implement a mortgage calculator. CTO Anthony Francavilla says it was the perfect opportunity to try out GWT – a self-contained project and “something useful we could put into production right away”. The team will be blogging about their experiences and the first installment is already Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 3:38 am

3.8 rating from 33 votes

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

Google Spreadsheets

Category: Google, Showcase

Many have talked about the new Google Spreadsheets, a very rich online spreadhseet system. Our first impressions are that it is very clean and works as advertised, but isn’t that different from the other online spreadsheet apps (and there are many). However, since it is Google, it will leapfrog a bunch of these. If you Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:07 am

4.1 rating from 41 votes

Thursday, June 1st, 2006

NYC Eatery Mashup – Restaurants and Google Maps

Category: Ajax, Google

When wandering the streets of New York (Manhattan, really) looking for something to take care of that growing growling in your stomach, you might want to grab the nearest computer and tak a look at Jason’s NYC Restaurant Map. So, what the heck is it? NYC Restaurant Map is a “mashup” of data I accumulated Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 8:05 am

3.5 rating from 35 votes

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Morfik targets Google?

Category: Editorial, Google

When Google came out with GWT, there was a rumour that they had worked with Morfik on the technology. This false rumour came about due to the similarity in the technologies. Morfik has shown signs of what they feel about GWT with the press release: Morfik Will Pursue all Avenues to Protect its IP Rights Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:35 pm

2.7 rating from 29 votes

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

GWT AutoCompleter

Category: Component, Google

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. He also posted the complete source of the project, and a screencast of the widget. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:40 am

3.2 rating from 53 votes

Saturday, May 20th, 2006

Google Web Toolkit: The correct level of abstraction?

Category: Editorial, Google

There has been a lot of buzz around Googles new Google Web Toolkit, an Ajax framework that allows Java developers to stay in Java land and ignore JavaScript. Ironically, a day earlier I was shown XML11 (not a lot of XML) which is a similar toolkit. Both have the ability to take Java code and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:12 am

3.7 rating from 134 votes

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Java Posse Interviews: Google and Sun Toolkits

Category: Google, Java, JavaScript, jMaki, Recording, Toolkit

The Java Posse has been busy at JavaOne and recorded a couple of interviews on the high-profile Java+Ajax toolkits we’ve mentioned recently. Two Interviews about AJAX. The First is with Brett Taylor of Google about the just-announced red-pill project (also known as the Google Web Toolkit) and the second with Greg Murray of Sun … Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 2:24 pm

3.7 rating from 32 votes

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Google Web Toolkit: Ajax Apps from Java

Category: Google, Java, JavaScript, Toolkit

Google has released Google Web Toolkit (GWT), a code generation framework that lets you code Ajax apps in pure Java. It’s not unlike Echo2, the open-source framework from NextApp. A compiler performs the Java-to-Javascript translation. Use your favorite Java IDE to write and debug an application in the Java language, using as many (or as Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 3:39 am

3.5 rating from 109 votes

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

Google Maps SVG Support

Category: Google

One of the beauties of the web is deployment. A service can be updated without you the user knowing. Google Maps has added SVG support for browsers that support it (Firefox, Opera) to match their VML support for IE. This is a lot better than the transparent PNG solution and prevents the server-client roundtrip. It Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:10 am

4.3 rating from 40 votes

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Google Maps Viewer Widget

Category: Google, Mapping, Showcase

You may have noticed that Google Maps got a new tweak recently. In the bottom right of the map viewer, we see a magnified widget that tells us the area that we are viewing. You can grad that blue area and the main viewer pane will move accordingly. It is nice to see features like Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:36 am

4 rating from 36 votes

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Getting Google Calendar Data on Your Site

Category: Google, JavaScript

With the release of yet another “GApp” from Google, the Google Calendar, everyone wants to know the ins and outs of every feature on it, as well as how it might be molded to fit their needs. The Calendar application is handly to use, but it’s only available if you go and log into their Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 1:12 pm

3.9 rating from 58 votes

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Google Calendar: Heavy on Ajax

Category: Google, Showcase

Google Calendar has launched in beta, and it has a lot of great Ajax in it. It feels like GMail and Google Reader, and has great performance. There are some nice patterns, such as highlighting elements in yellow means that you can click to go into edit mode on that element. If you click on Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:16 am

4.2 rating from 70 votes

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

Google Real Estate beta

Category: Google, Mapping

update: Danny Sullivan, of the Search Engine Watch, commented over at the Internet Stock Blog that this is really just Google Base integrated with Maps to produce a vertical search across real estate. He also blogged about this in more detail, and also gave this link which goes right to the real estate search in Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 9:45 am

3.7 rating from 35 votes

Friday, March 10th, 2006

Google Writely: The start of the Google Office

Category: Editorial, Google, LiveEdit

We blogged about Writely way back (in the Web 2.0 sense), and it was an instant hit. Then we saw that Google has purchased the Writely folk. Many are saying that this shows their desire to get into the online office market, but maybe it is more about talent? The functionality in Writely can be Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:16 pm

3.6 rating from 68 votes