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GWT vs. YUI vs. ExtJS

Donald Lee

Joined: Mar 03, 2006
Posts: 5

Could you give thumbnail sketch comparing these three?
I'm trying to sway the brass to move to web 2.0 - if you could give a helicopter view on this it would be appreciated.

Ryan Dewsbury

Joined: Nov 07, 2007
Posts: 22
All three are great for user interfaces. I'm sure you can create equally good UI's with any.

GWT however is in a different category. Although it does do Ajaxy user interfaces it is more than just a user interface library. It aims to provide many tools to bring real software engineering to Ajax applications. I think it accomplishes this well.

If I were to draw a sketch it would simply be three columns, one for each technology. Each would have a box in their column for user interface. GWT would have additional boxes for:
- server interoperation (HTTP, XML, JSON, GWT RPC)
- internationalization
- code obfuscation
- code optimization
- automatically cross browser (even the code you write)
- unit testing
- eclipse (or any Java IDE)
- modularization and java organization/OOP
- easy application versioning
- performance (image bundles, caching considerations)
- code generation

There's quite a bit. Also the GWT engineers are great and constantly working on improving the compiler which means your code automatically runs better with new releases.

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Donald Lee

Joined: Mar 03, 2006
Posts: 5
Much appreciated.
Thank you
[ November 14, 2007: Message edited by: Donald Lee ]
sma yim

Joined: Jan 07, 2009
Posts: 2
I like this example and try to use extjs-gwt in eclipse project. This is my first article about extjs-gwt:gxt
I think this extjs-gwt article can help beginner to learn.
Bear Bibeault
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sma yim, please read this.

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