One of Google Maps' key developers today told attendees of Google Developer Day Sydney that programming AJAX apps could be very, very painful. But of course, Google has a solution.
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One of Google's key developers today told attendees of Google Developer Day Sydney that programming AJAX apps could be "very, very painful."
However, after talking about the pain of AJAX at length, Rasmussen also had good news, saying that the Google Web Toolkit had brought Google's AJAX development out of the dark ages and into the 21st century.
"I've had nothing to do with creating this, so I don't have to be modest about it," he said. "Google Web Toolkit rocks."
"Google Maps has a sizeable team now and it became really hard to work together while still catching the kinds of errors you have - for example, if you spell the name of an object wrongly, a compiler can't catch it because it's perfectly legal to specify a new property."
Rasmussen said Google Web Toolkit solved this problem. He was keen to point out that Java wasn't chosen because it is the best language above all, but because it had the largest number of modern, sophisticated integrated development environments.
|Crowded house: developers packed in to Australian Technology Park in Sydney to hear what Rasmussen had to say