Google's GWT Example: Interactive FIFA 2006 World Cup Application
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Goto the application without reading the entry
A couple of weeks ago google released the Google Web Toolkit
How does it work? Google's GWT is built along the lines of AWT or JFC, i.e., it defines components that let you build Web UIs, using Java.
Getting so close to the World Cup, I found it fitting to write an application that almost anyone can relate to: a list of all the teams ordered into groups with the picture of the current roster.
I have a more complex application in mind: one that connects to a backend to keep track of all the games and standings. However, I wanted to see something working right away. So, this is probably the simplest application possible that I could think of, yet still demonstrate google's GWT.
Is it really using AJAX? Well, the whole point of AJAX is the XMLHttpRequest object
. This particular application does not connect to the server to fetch any dynamic information, but I did build it using google's GWT.
Overall, I can see great value in using this API to build highly interactive applications, with minimal effort--if you know Java, you "know" AJAX.
As a company, are you looking into using google's GWT?
The application looks like:
Update: A couple of people tried the application with FireFox and it did not work. And I tried it with IE 7 and it did not work.
I took a look and these were issues:
- For IE: google released a new API version--they are up to 1.0.21; originally, I had compiled the app with 1.0.20. It now works with IE 7.
It doesn't seem to work for me. When I click a group, nothing happens. I tried all the groups, and none seem to work. I'm using Firefox 1.5.03
Same here it doesn't work (Firefox 18.104.22.168 on Windows XP) !!
Well guys, what can I tell you.
I guess not. We can't believe everything google says anymore ;)
BTW, I only tested it with IE 6.0--the caffeine was wearing off.
I just tried to run it with IE 7 and FireFox 22.214.171.124, and they both fail misserably.
During lunch I may try to figure out what the problem is.
works fine on firefox 126.96.36.199/debian linux