Google Pulls Back The Curtain A Little More

Google used to be wrapped in mystery. Most developers knew little about how they do what they do. But over the last year or so they’ve been pulling back the curtain to reveal things like the Google File System, how they process enormous datasets, and in some cases even some details of what tools they are using to do things like Google Mail (Java, of course 🙂 ).
They took that to its next level by releasing a beta version of a Java toolkit for Ajax work called the Google Web Toolkit. It offers a lot of the same kind of remote procedure calls and DHTML/JavaScript stuff we’ve seen before in nifty toolkits like DWR except that this time I see just a few things I haven’t seen elsewhere. One of those things is that when you do a web interface which has multiple tabs and you use their toolkit, you can actually bookmark individual tabs and even use next and previous in the browser correctly. This is something that is broken on many websites that use Ajax today.
I haven’t put it to use yet but I will be trying it out in the future and comparing it to DWR unless someone else beats me to it.

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