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Google Web Toolkit GWT Java AJAX Programming [Paperback]

Prabhakar Chaganti
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15 Feb 2007 1847191002 978-1847191007
This book is a fast paced tutorial to creating a website using e107. If you have never used e107, or even any web content management system before, then this book will walk you through each step in a friendly and accessible way. From installation, to initial set up and content entry and then on to customization for your own look and feel, this book will get you to a stable and working e107 based web site fast. You do not have to be an experienced web developer or designer to get a great looking site with a full set of functions using this book and e107. This book will guide you through every step. e107 is a PHP-based content management system that uses the popular open source MySQL database system for content storage. e107 is released under the terms of the GNU General Public License and is completely free, totally customizable and in constant development. It is an ideal tool for developing small to large dynamic community websites, intra company portals, corporate portals, weblogs and much more. It has a large, enthusiastic, and helpful community of users. If you want to create a powerful, fully-featured website in no time, this book is for you. This book will help you explore e107, putting you in the picture of what it offers, and how to go about building a site with the system. The book covers all the core features of e107, and it is thorough and incremental tutorial approach it gives you the understanding to experiment with advanced features and customization. This book is hands-on. As you work through the small business/e-commerce enabled example web site, you will learn how to install, upgrade, configure, and use the various basic features of the e107 Content Management System. The book contains a number of screen shots to reinforce that each step that you perform is correct. This book is primarily for entrepreneurs, small office/home office, small businesses and non-profit agencies who would like to have interactive, business and/or e-commerce web sites at a low cost without sacrificing power or usability. No knowledge of PHP programming, Apache, or MySQL is required.

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (15 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847191002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847191007
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,246,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Prabhakar Chaganti is the founder and CTO of Ylastic, a start-up that is building a single unified interface to architect, manage, and monitor a user's entire AWS Cloud computing environment: EC2, S3, RDS, AutoScaling, ELB, Cloudwatch, SQS, and SimpleDB. He is the author of Xen Virtualization and GWT Java AJAX Programming, and is also the winner of the community choice award for the most innovative virtual appliance in the VMware Global Virtual Appliance Challenge. He hangs out on Twitter as @pchaganti.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many errors and omissions 22 Jun 2007
By the first non trivial example in the book, less than 50 pages in, I was getting bogged down by all the errors. I went to the books website and found three different errata on a single page. These didn't include the one I found after much trouble.

The same example moves straight from instructing you on the java code, to magically running the application, even leaving out editing the html to make anything actually appear (it is a web app after all).

In order to work out this problem I then downloaded the example source from the website, for Chapter 3 which I am working on, it is incomplete, inconsistent with the text, and has obviously been drawn from a later chapter as it includes voluminous info from more advanced sections which won't allow it to run asis.

This book has obviously been written and reviewed in a slapdash fashion, probably to get it out to market quickly to take advantage of the GWTs recent hype. This does not reflect well on the publisher. I haven't read any of the other books on the subject out there, but they couldn't be worse, buy them instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A very light weight book 24 July 2007
By Bill
Bought this sometime back afterthe hype about GWT, and was really disappointed in it's lack of depth. It's okay for really noddy stuff but there's little substance in it (for me anyway).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great practicum 29 Mar 2007
By S. M. Lauer - Published on
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A practicum is a course designed to give students practice in a previously studied field, and that's what this book is: if you are a developer who understands Java and at least something about web development, this practical guide will immediately get you up to speed on working, practical uses of GWT. This is not about the internals of GWT, but about how to use it, and, if you haven't heard, Google Web Toolkit lets Java developers create Ajaxified web applications without becoming Javascript experts. One of the nicest things about this book is that the clear and logical explanations are accompanied by runnable examples that actually compile and work as is! Amazing! This may not be your last book on Ajax and GWT, but it probably should be your first since it puts you immediately on your feet with a clear, firm grasp both of what this new technology is all about as well as how to use it today.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Performance By PACKT 2 July 2007
By Joseph Mansigian - Published on
I was very disappointed with "Google Web Toolkit GWT Java AJAX Programming" by Prabhakar
Chaganti. First is a general sloppiness with regard to getting technical details right. The book presents many examples but it becomes clear early on that the author has not ever run the vast majority of the example code in print. How do I know. Because I had to clean up numerous compile time errors before they would run at all. The types of errors are very basic Java novice syntax errors but they reveal a sloppiness and a low standard held by the author as well as by the publisher PACKT ( where was the editor ).
I tried to get around this problem by assuming that the publishing standard was the problem and I could get the source code for the examples and everything would be fine.
Wrong. The book promises source code for the examples in the book but if you go to the web site ( at least as of July 1st, 2007 ) and you want to get source code for examples the first thing you have to do is to select from a menu the book you want code for. The title "Google Web Toolkit ...." was not on the menu so I could not get code.
I have sent email to the author explaining the problems but I have not received any response. I have spent good money but have gotten nothing.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars loaded with errors, not worth the money 17 July 2007
By M. Sholund - Published on
I got this book because it was the only one I could find on the market at the time. It seemed to me that this book was rushed to market; a good portion of the code examples contained errors so it would not compile or did not produce the results that were expected.
The downloadable code contains working code but the publisher didn't bother to put the code into the correct directory structure; everything is in the base directory even though the files themselves are in packages.

This book is not substantive enough to justify a $40+ price tag especially since it's riddled with errors I would recommend one of the other books on GWT that are now on the market over this one, they are more sustantive, better put together, and more reasonably priced for what you get.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars practical at entry level 27 April 2007
By mingdong he - Published on
This book does a good job on laying out GWT, as the sub title, it's practical but only at entry level. Note it has zero architecture discuss, and doesn't cover some very important Web topics like browser History and bookmark, which GWT very good at.

If you write new GWT application from scratch, this one is an easy reading. But if you need integration GWT to existing project, this book is not very helpful.

It's too expensive for a such a little book.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars gwt by example 5 April 2007
By Jeanne Boyarsky - Published on
"Google Web Toolkit - GWT Java AJAX Programming" - I learned a lot about GWT reading this book. The book assumes you know Java and web programming (HTML/JavaScript/Web packaging) well. Some of the examples use other technologies such as JDBC and XPath, but they are understandable without this knowledge.

I liked the examples as they were things you would want to do. The examples range from self contained form tasks to a full widget. The examples appeared to be "complete" with a description before each section. While there are explanations at the end of the example, some examples are really long. On example has 3.75 pages of getters and setters. Some examples emphasize business logic more than GWT. Other examples were really good. I think the examples get better if you read the book a few times. I was having trouble following the large code segments at the beginning and it got easier once I understood GWT. Basically, you should feel comfortable learning from code.

I wasn't always that clear on what objects/APIs were available in different scenarios, but the GWT API online provides that information nicely. I'd like the book shows me how to do something rather than just repeat what is online. I think this book and the website complement each other nicely by providing different perspectives.

All in all, I am happy with the book. It helps jump into GWT and provides a useful resource to learn by example.
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