Google offers free Ajax web development tools


Google offers free Ajax web development tools

Antony Savvas

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.

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.

Ajax consists of JavaScript working with XML. The Google toolkit will help to make sure that content developed for websites will behave in the same way for all browsers, one problem that Ajax developers have often failed to achieve.

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.


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