Google is making available for free a number of its Ajax web development tools, including the tools used to develop its popular Google Maps system.
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The open source Ajax web development language is used by developers to easily add interactive features for end users to websites.
Google announced a free download of the tools at this week’s JavaOne conference in the US. The Google Web Toolkit includes a Java compiler that allows users to convert Java code into the easier and Java-compatible Ajax code.
Google has used Ajax to help develop Google Maps, Google Calendar and the GMail e-mail system.
Earlier this week, Oracle also used JavaOne to make available for free a set of Ajax web development tools.
Oracle made available a set of Ajax-enabled user-interface components. Oracle said developers would be able to assemble the re-usable components on a page and connect them to an application data source.
Oracle has integrated Ajax with the JavaServer Faces technology to build interactive user interfaces that run within a browser.