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Pro Web 2.0 Application Development with GWT (Expert's Voice in Web Development) 2008th Edition
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For developers like myself who have worked with small-scale GWT projects, this book directly answers many of the issues that one encounters when scaling up the project. Examples of these issues are: the most effective way to pass Hibernate classes back to the client using GWT, and how to most efficiently handle a large project through either single (or multiple) modules.
Please note that this book will not teach you GWT; if you are not familiar with GWT, other books (or even the GWT website) would be superior resources.
The only two issues I had with this book were:
* It would be nice if there was chapter-by-chapter source code available so you could more easily mimic the steps in creating the application. Matching the chapter-by-chapter progress to the final source code was a little tedious.
* The author's choice of technologies for the back-end is great (Spring, Hibernate, FreeMarker templates), but if you are an EJB/JBoss/Seam/Wicket shop, you will be doing a lot of translation from the Spring-domain to your particular choice of technology.
Overall, this book is highly recommended and will make deploying GWT much easier on medium and large-scale projects. The author has done a great job in solving common GWT problems; issues that an enterprise architect will surely encounter when using GWT.
He covers his decision making process for the full stack and gives outlines of Maven, Acegi, Compass, Hibernate, Spring MVC, SiteMesh, FreeMarker as well as GWT and Gears. That's a lot to cover in around 400 pages. In fact I have 2 books on my desk that cover just Hibernate and Spring that weigh in at over 700 pages each, so obviously he doesn't go into much depth, but he does point you to online resources to dig deeper.
Jeff does a decent job of covering some of the key pinch points and offers some good advice which is why I'm not giving this book 1 star.
This book's strength is its comprehensive view into process of building a complex, interactive site using GWT as a tool. As a professional web developer, I'm less concerned with having someone teach me the syntax (because I can google for most of it) and more concerned with getting real-world advice about how to construct my application. Having an authoritative source to not only offer solutions for security (Acegi), builds (Maven) and persistence (Spring) but also show me how all of those things come together is an invaluable resource.
Anyways, if you don't have much web development experience and are interested in GWT, you will probably find books out there that more focus on a comprehensive technology-driven learning experience. On the other hand, if you are ready to learn about how a GWT application comes together from start to finish, if you want to know how to overcome specific challenges, I'd have no qualms about recommending this book to you.
Specifically, I found the sections on hibernate and google maps integration to be particularly valuable. I really only want to learn the aspect of those technologies that are relevant to GWT, and having the salient information handed to me on a platter saved me a lot of time. As a professional developer, the most valuable information I get is from asking my colleagues how they go about solving problems, and this reading this book was a lot like listening to some of the better answers I've gotten over the years.
Bottom line: If you'd like to sit down with an expert in GWT and get taught the nuances of the language from beginning to end, there are other books that specialize in that. If you wish you could sit down with an articulate, intelligent web developer and ask "How did you deal with X?", then this is the book for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has some topics that were very appealing to me such as integrating Spring, Hibernate, security, and page templates with GWT. Read morePublished on November 30, 2008 by Paul C
You can learn things here and there from this book but:
1) not an easy read since it constantly references external sources
2) talks about many things but doesn't... Read more