Essential GWT
Essential GWT

Author: Federico Kereki
Publisher: Addison Wesley, 2010
Pages: 352
ISBN: 978-0321705143
Aimed at: Experienced Java programmers
Rating: 3
Pros: Contains lots of useful information
Cons: Very theoretical, makes the topic seem difficult
Reviewed by: Alex Armstrong

Tackles the topic of how GWT can be used to build  complex web applications - does it succeed?



This is an introduction to GWT - Google Web Toolkit - 2 for the experienced and sophisticated programmer. It isn't really a step-by-step guide to simply writing a GWT-based application, it is more about the general philosophy of doing so. As such it is going to disappoint many reader looking for a direct and practical approach - this has a lot of asides and theory. 

 

 

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You can more or less skip Chapter 1 as its is very general and about methodology. Chapter 2 is where we really start with GWT. It puts forward a good argument for GWT, but my guess is that if you have bought the book you probably are already won over by the argument. Chapter 3 gets us on to creating a first project using the Eclipse plug-in. Of course you can now use the drag-and-drop designer plug in but this isn't covered. 

The problem is that rather than consolidate the ground won by creating a first project the author next goes off to consider the browser problem - all good stuff but it should have been later. Chapter 5 returns to consider creating the UI. Here we meet the MVC pattern and the flavour of the pattern that GWT actually fits best, the MVP pattern. I found this confusing with some very long examples that didn't really help. 

Chapter 6 is all about communicating with the server and RPC. Again the examples were too complex for an initial introduction. Chapter 7 extends the discussion to the problems of the same origin policy which makes RPC and cross domain communication much more difficult. The chapter does include an example of building a proxy.

Chapter 8 is about mixing Javascript code with GWT. Chapter 9 discusses the advanced topic of adding APIs From here the book becomes focused on random topics - localisation, testing, deployment, optimisation and so on.

As mentioned in earlier, this is a book only suitable for the advanced programmer but even so the ideas could be presented more simply. It actually almost had me believing that GWT was a harder way to implement a web app than the alternatives - which isn't really the case.  

If you are an experienced Java programmer and understand many of the problems of creating a web application then this book contains a lot of very useful information but it is quite hard work getting at it. However if you are looking for a book that just tells you how to build simple user interfaces with GWT plus a few simple operations then you probably would be better off using the documentation or finding another book. This one is about the bigger picture and how GWT can be used to build quite complex web applications. 

 

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The Theoretical Minimum

Author: Leonard Susskind & George Hrabovsky
Publisher: Basic Books/Allen Lane
Pages: 256
ISBN: 978-0465028115 
Print: 0465075681
Kindle: B00B05XGSW    

Audience: Readers with solid background in Physics and Math
Rating: 5
Reviewer: Mike James

 

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Advanced Android Application Development (4e)

Author: Joseph Annuzzi Jr, Lauren Darcey & Shane Conder
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Date: November 14, 2014
Pages: 554
ISBN: 978-0133892383
Print: 0133892387
Kindle:B00PHDDE6W
Audience: Intermediate Android programmers
Rating: 3
Reviewer: Harry Fairhead

Advanced Android is not som [ ... ]


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