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Developing client libraries for the Google Web Toolkit presented by John LaBanca

John spent the last five years developing client libraries for the Google Web Toolkit, including most of the awesome widgets introduced in that period (the ugly widgets were created by a different Googler in Atlanta, also named John LaBanca). John is often referred to as the GWT widget guru, though mostly by himself while standing in front of the mirror. His most recent experience with web app development has given him an expertise in client and frontend web app development utilizing the latest CSS3 features. When he isn't developing code, John plays basketball with a bunch of inexperienced 30 year old guys, renovates rooms in his home, delivers regular beatdowns in Battlefield 3.

John will open the presentation with a short introduction of the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) and explain which types of projects should consider it. He will then talk about various libraries and features in GWT and explain best practices that teams within Google have developed over the years. You can expect some candid and surprising insights into how GWT is used successfully by project within Google. Developers who are considering GWT for their project will get a solid introduction to GWT, and teams who are already using GWT can learn some new techniques to improve the performance of their apps.

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  • Chris d.

    I had no previous experience with GWT, so I went to the meeting wanting to learn more about the basics--what were its strengths and weaknesses, examples of where and how it was being used, and clear demonstration of what you type in Java and what gets outputted when you compile it. Instead, the presentation seemed more geared to those that have already started using GWT with a shallow overview of all the different methodologies, which ones the presenter recommended to use, and the future direction of GWT.

    June 28, 2012

  • Mark G.


    June 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    As a marketing person I learned a lot about developing client libraries for GWT. This information increases my ability to influence business prospects decisions on interactive internet marketing and website development.

    June 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone who attended. You can access the presentation here at

    June 26, 2012

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