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article imageGoogle Open-Sources AJAX Toolkit

By ComputerGeekMatt     Dec 12, 2006 in Technology
Google Inc has open-sourced its tool set for building Web applications, the Google Web Toolkit.
According to a notice issued by Chris Ulbrich, a spokesperson for Mountain View, Calif.-based Google, the company has open-sourced the GWT 1.3 release candidate. Previous versions of the GWT were only partly open-sourced, Ulbrich said.
In a Dec. 12 blog post, Bruce Johnson, technical lead for GWT at Google, said, "Today is quite a milestone for Google Web Toolkit: with the GWT 1.3 Release Candidate, our team is very happy to announce that all of GWT is open source under the Apache 2.0 license."
Google introduced GWT last May as a free development framework for writing AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) Web applications in the Java language. The toolset features a debugging browser and a Java-to-JavaScript compiler.
Ulbrich said Google will be making the Google Web Toolkit development process completely transparent, meaning that design discussions, feature prioritization, bug fixing and roadmap planning will be done in an open Google Group.
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