[ubuntu-za] Web development

Lee Sharp leesharp at hal-pc.org
Fri Oct 30 17:49:48 GMT 2009

Johan Mynhardt wrote:
> 2009/10/30 Lee Sharp <leesharp at hal-pc.org>:
>> Charl Wentzel wrote:
>>> On Fri, 2009-10-30 at 10:53 +0200, David Rubin wrote:
>>>> On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 10:32 AM, Charl Wentzel
>>>>> But please guys, be nice and don't wreck that data, i.e. delete
>>>>> everything or enter funny stuff.  It is intended as a demo to customers.
>>>> This is the internet. I would highly suggest having a cron job that
>>>> resets the data to factory settings every few hours. :)
>>>> David
>>> That's an excellent idea, someone just deleted all the user rights.  So
>>> after fixing it, I'll change the password.... and add a cron job.
>> Too bad about that.  I never got to see it, but the front page loaded
>> amazingly fast.  Something websites just don't do anymore!  Any chance
>> of seeing your dev kit? :)
>>                        Lee
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> Well, you can always use the tools Google use.
> I have worked on a widget at the office and it was done using GWT.
> What makes GWT (Google Web Toolkit) so great for me is that you can
> develop your application in Java and then GWT compiles that code into
> JavaScript. It features RCP and generates the appropriate AJAX for you
> while you can use JSON or XML for data transmission.
> When you are done your code is compiled into permutations which is
> optimised for each browser. In the end this is the "write once run
> anywhere" for the web. You only need to worry about your application
> logic and design your interface like Java's Swing.
> I know a lot of people in the South African ubuntu/linux community are
> not fond of Java, but that's their loss :P

Well, GWT works, and is easy...  But "fast" is not a thing it is 
burdened with...  The thing that struck me was that the site looks good, 
and instantly!  Loaded fast, and scrolled clean, as opposed to say... 
slashdot, which loads slow, and scrolls badly.


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