Google Web Toolkit released - rumors of Morfik alliance?

Google Web Toolkit released - rumors of Morfik alliance?

Summary: Google has just released its Ajax toolkit, called Google Web Toolkit: "Google Web Toolkit (GWT) is a Java software development framework that makes writing AJAX applications like Google Maps and Gmail easy for developers who don't speak browser quirks as a second language.

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Google has just released its Ajax toolkit, called Google Web Toolkit:

"Google Web Toolkit (GWT) is a Java software development framework that makes writing AJAX applications like Google Maps and Gmail easy for developers who don't speak browser quirks as a second language. Writing dynamic web applications today is a tedious and error-prone process; you spend 90% of your time working around subtle incompatabilities between web browsers and platforms, and JavaScript's lack of modularity makes sharing, testing, and reusing AJAX components difficult and fragile.

GWT lets you avoid many of these headaches while offering your users the same dynamic, standards-compliant experience. You write your front end in the Java programming language, and the GWT compiler converts your Java classes to browser-compliant JavaScript and HTML."

Some developers are surprised it's Java-based. In the words of kiwi developer Phil Pearson: "it turns out to be a Java-to-Javascript translator. WTF?" Mike Crute is similarly unimpressed with this "weird open source offering" from Google, noting that "I would rather gnaw off my left leg than code in Java". Scott Yang comments: "Hmm. Less code. Yeah right…"

Also an interesting rumor is doing the rounds that Google may have partnered with Morfik for the Web Toolkit:

"Google has licensed Morfik's "JST" so it can release it as "GWT". Morfik has the first RAD IDE that can take high-level code written in Basic, C#, Java, and Object Pascal and turn it into AJAX apps. Google is building AJAX apps, and wants to build more, faster, and better. Why not?

Well, today, Google released it's "Google Web Toolkit". Coincidence? Oh PLEASE. To review:
1) Morfik calls it's Javascript Synthesis Technology parser/interpreter/javascript translater a "compiler". Google calls their tool a...compiler.
2) Morfik is the only Ajax tool that supports forward, back, reload buttons, bookmarking, and other state-transition technologies...but OUT OF THE BOX GWT supports all of these."

Thanks Peter Illes for the tip. I've asked the guys at Morfik for a comment on this - will update if I hear back. Note that I profiled Morfik recently.

There have been whispers that both Microsoft and Google have checked out Morfik in the past. Also see this Google Groups discussion, which throws around the notion that a Google WebOS may be in the works.

More on this as it develops...

Update, May 18: Bret Taylor, Product Manager of Google Web Toolkit, has dispelled the rumor:

"Morfik seems like great technology, but Google Web Toolkit is in no way associated with Morfik or based on its technology. There have been some rumors circulating on this list that have been causing some confusion, and I wanted to clarify.
Thanks,
Bret Taylor Product Manager, Google Web Toolkit"

Thanks stars1son for the update.

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  • Compiling to JavaScript works, e,g, Excel -> JS

    There is a program called SpreadsheetConverter which compiles Microsoft Excel spreadsheets into JavaScript. Handles sheets up to 40,000 cells.

    JavaScript is surprisingly fast, even for very large spreadsheets: the recalculation only takes seconds. And for simpler worksheet like mortgage calculators, the update is instantaneous.

    http://www.spreadsheetconverter.com

    The product is mature, has existed since 2002, long before AJAX became a buzz word.
    MattiasW
  • Good deal!

    Since there are a a couple million JEE developers out there (out of an estimated 4 million general Java developers), having an easy way to write AJAX code is obviously a good thing. Too bad about those whiners, but obviously Google will port the thing over to other platforms later.
    asj
  • java, cobol, turbo basic - all good

    You gotta love 'em blasts from the past!
    mawi
  • Morfik Rumor Dispelled by Goog

    Taken from the GWT Developer Forum:
    http://groups.google.com/group/Google-Web-Toolkit/browse_thread/thread/88c8151833d761a6/e09908b8e5c5f5bf#e09908b8e5c5f5bf

    "Morfik seems like great technology, but Google Web Toolkit is in no
    way associated with Morfik or based on its technology.

    There have been some rumors circulating on this list that have been
    causing some confusion, and I wanted to clarify.

    Thanks,
    Bret Taylor
    Product Manager, Google Web Toolkit"
    stars1son