Marco Massenzio

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Recent posts by Marco Massenzio

Hello,

I recently started out using GWT for the (obvious) reason that, while I regard myself as a Java 'expert', I know (and wish to know :-) very little about Javascript.

Shortly after starting out, I fell back on to the MVC pattern, using the 'main' (entry point) class as the Controller, creating a bunch of View(s) - using the well-trodden View interface and AbstractView - as well as a bunch of command (and could I fail in implementing an AbstractCommand and SimpleCommand?)

So, it all looked gorgeous and very OO-like...
but it left me wondering: is this the best way of doing things in GWT? was I re-inventing the wheel?

And, on a related note: it is my understanding that one does all the styling and UI-related stuff in the CSS(s) - although GWT gives you more than a few backdoors to do that directly in Java. Is this really the accepted gospel, or is there a middle ground? a better way?

Will be looking forward to reading your views and the book!

Cheers,
Marco.
11 years ago
GWT
Fantastic !!!

Very much looking forward to getting "down and dirty" with Ajax - many many thanks Frank for your time and JavaRanch for hosting the promotion.


Best,
Marco.
Thanks, Frank - very comprehensive reply, I must say hope I didn't take the thread off-topic

I'll be looking forward to reading your book, as Ajax give so much of a richer user experience that doing anything else at present is pure madness - as for JSF, I'll use as and when required, but I do agree: way too verbose/overblown even for simple stuff.

Best
Marco.
Hi Frank,

how much Javascript would be necessary to really understand your book?
and, more in general, to use AJAX to its fullest?

Having lived by O'Reilly's "Definitive Javascript"'s "Javascript isn't Java", I have always somehow never felt compelled to learn it beyond the basics: do you reckon that that should change?

Could you also please elaborate on your dislike of JSF? I am trying to learn (and use!) the technology and, although somehow disappointed by the lack of more "visual" tools to do development (and, boy, is XML verbose to type!) it looks 'fit for purpose'...
Thoughts?

Many thanks,
Marco Massenzio
Thanks, Chris

I sort of suspected that (especially the bit about the rapid development-debug cycle) but it's good to hear it from someone like you!


Best,
Marco.
Chris,

I make extensive use of POJOs in my designs, I like them, they seem to like me and they are comfortable, reliable and ask for very little in return...

However, I cannot shake the feeling that I'm using a 'poor relation' as opposed to use something snazzier (like EJBs) and sexier: certainly the "plain" and "old" in the name don't help, but, in your view, is my feeling right and I should move on my (Java)life on to something "newer" or are POJOs still very much as useful as I seem to think?

Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you.
Marco Massenzio
Managing Director
Infinite Bandwidth ltd
http://www.infinitebw.com