This week Google released a new toolkit for Java developers to make writing AJAX applications easy. According to the Google Web site:

“Google Web Toolkit (GWT) is a Java software development framework that makes writing AJAX applications like Google Maps and Gmail easy for developers who don’t speak browser quirks as a second language.”

Behind the scenes the framework is interesting. Basically you can use the Java Libraries you want to use in your IDE of choice, then the Google Web Toolkit compiler changes Java code to JavaScript and HTML that can be deployed on the Web server. Cool stuff.

The new toolkit looks like it will help developers who are familiar and comfortable with Java and will result in less work than trying to understand, support, and document JavaScript. A bonus for many Java coders it seems.

To see more documentation and download the code visit the Google code Web site at: