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GWT in Practice
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- I hate having to flip from one chapter to the previous one in order to find a particular snippet being referenced. If you are starting a project, all the source for that needs to be close to each other. I dislike being told 'Go find table 1.1, (with no page number given) and use the code from there.
- The code examples given clearly have NEVER been through the compiler. There are missing methods in examples, and silly typos that are quite unacceptable since it leads me to question the effort put into creating the book. (see page 52, listing 2.12 for example, - Private is NOT the same as private. setInitDisplay is never defined. )
- My preference - and probably for a number of other people - is to use the well defined hello world approach, rather than a discourse on how configuration is to be set up. Eclipse should be introduced earlier. I'm sure others would disagree, but getting a HelloWorld going gets my blood flowing
- The section on design patterns is a TOTAL waste. Please dont introduce examples that focus on MVC, not GWT. I am not reading GWT to understand how MVC works. Make simpler examples that gets rid of this fluff, and focusses on GWT.
- How exactly does showing what StringBuffer looks like in pretty & obfuscated mode help the user? It looks like an attempt to pad the size of the book
Manning books are always a hit and miss. THis is a clear miss. Really, the editors need to pull up their socks and get things out right, not get it out quick.
The authors cover the GWT basics, to be sure, but more importantly, they demonstrate a way to really use GWT. They hit upon one of my thoughts when first trying to get my head around GWT: GWT is not a framework; it is a platform at best. They recognize this and help you work with the power and around the limitations of GWT.
The authors demonstrate common patterns and practices in the "language" of GWT. It was extremely satisfying to finally, with the help of this book, be able to articulate and execute all the patterns that I've been using in other systems, (e.g. MVC, PropertyListeners, etc.)
The authors also demonstrate how to use GWT in a variety of environments and build system. These concepts were useful, but I found myself skimming over pages at a time to get back to the "good stuff." (This was my primary knock in not giving it five stars.)
All in all, I highly recommend and I'll be ensuring that my team each learn the concepts presented.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The beginning of the book is a good introduction to GWT but then there is too much technical discussion to get started. Read morePublished on December 5, 2011 by William G. Pope
I bought this book based on its high ranking, but after reading through it I realized what a mistake it was. Read morePublished on August 8, 2011 by Sen
This is a well written, informative book for getting started using GWT. It is advanced enough to be useful and concise and easy to read. Read morePublished on August 24, 2010 by mcfar
The samples used in this are so outdated that they are utterly useless. You would have to modify them to get them to work with the new GWT, which wouldn't be bad but they are a... Read morePublished on August 20, 2010 by Tim
The book came on time and was in excellent condition. The price was good too.Published on August 18, 2010 by prit
I don't have to work with java as part of my job. However I like to check out new things happening to the language and technologies based on it. Read morePublished on February 12, 2010 by J. Mathews
Gets right into coding reusable GWT applications. Recommend this book to get feet wet with learning GWT.Published on November 16, 2009 by Lateef Jackson
As others have stated, the use of patterns in this book is both sophisticated and clarifying. And I would second the recommendation made by another reviewer for Head First Design... Read morePublished on July 11, 2009 by Lou Thomas
This is an excellent book for learning GWT, but it does assume some background knowledge in other topics, so it is not the simplest book. Read morePublished on May 26, 2009 by Russell D. Holloway