It's been a long time I wanted to give a try to Google's GWT. Also, lately I needed more and more a robust and straightforward implementation of David Allen's Getting Things Done to help me organize my work. There it is, let's combine those two whishes and produce a working tool.
I've always been attracted by compilers from one high-level language to another lower-level ones. The GWT compiler is clearly a success in this area. It makes it really easy to introduce a layer of AJAX in your web application without even thinking about it.
GWT is composed mainly of the following components:
There are also other interesting aspects (JUnit integration for example), but I'll leave them for another day. All this is integrated in a very clever and usable way, which makes it easy to develop your application. During development, all you're going to use is provably “hosted mode”, which is a pack provided by Google, that includes an embedded Tomcat server (for servlets), an embedded browser (based on mozilla), so that you can have a sample of your application running in one click without needing to deploy anything. Plus, this “hosted mode” really runs your Java code, so that you may as well debug it in the meantime. Brilliant !
A small issue that is worth noting : it looks like when you use “hosted mode”, some informations are transmitted to Google. I have to admit I'm a bit disappointed about that.
GTD seems to be very popular these days. The number of articles (in blogs mostly… mine is no exception now ;)) is constantly increasing, and the number of related tools grows in proportion. Still I did not find a single tool that really satisfying.
Here are my expectations for a perfect GTD tools:
With my friend Alexandre, we started to write the tool of our dreams : GWTD. Well, the name is nearly obvious I guess… still we will have to give it a meaning for completeness purpose. The two goals are :
The project is still in very early stage of development (given the small amount of time we can afford on that, it's no surprise), bu we hope to come up with a release soon enough. The code (distributed under Apache licence 2.0) is available at code.google.com, and a Google group has also been created. Stay tuned !