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Google™ Web Toolkit Applications by Ryan Dewsbury

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Chapter 1. First Steps with the Google Web Toolkit

This chapter traces the development of web technologies to help you understand how the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) fits into web application development technologies and tools. It shows how to build a simple Ajax application with the GWT and briefly explores GWT’s library.

The Emergence of Ajax

In the early part of this century, after the dot.com bubble broke and as the browser wars died down, companies decided it was no longer lucrative to build web technology, and development ceased for many technologies that had earlier promised to be the way of the future. We were, however, left with the browsers and their somewhat common implementation of web standards.

Something fundamentally different started ...

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