Feeds

Google unleashes internal JavaScript tools

Channel the power of Gmail

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Google's critical mass online, combined with recent years' Web 2.0 fever, have helped consolidate 14-year-old JavaScript in the field of web development.

Now Google has released some of the tools it used to build Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Maps that helped in that process of establishing JavaScript as a central player in the line-up that is AJAX.

The giant Thursday released a compiler, library, and set of templates it calls Closure Tools. The tools have been released under an open-source license, although Google did not say what license.

Google did say, though, that the Closure Tools have grown to be a key part of the JavaScript infrastructure behind its web applications.

"We're particularly excited (and humbled) to open source them to encourage and support web development outside Google," Google said on its blog. "We want to hear what you think, but more importantly, we want to see what you make."

The tools are designed to make the task of building and maintaining the notoriously complex JavaScript faster and more simply.

This is Google's second such offering, following development and maintenance of JavaScript in different browsers with Google Web Toolkit (GWT). The difference is that GWT lets you build JavaScript applications in Java while Closure Tools are for JavaScript.

The Compiler removes dead code and rewrites and minimizes what's left to run fast on browsers' JavaScript engines. "The compiler also checks syntax, variable references, and types, and warns about other common JavaScript pitfalls," Google said. You can compile code through a text box or a RESTful API.

The Closure Library provides something akin to a standard JavaScript library - generally lacking in JavaScript - to build large, complex web applications. The library is server-agnostic and designed to be used with the Closure Compiler. Google said the library: "Provides clean utilities for common tasks so that you spend your time writing your app rather than writing utilities and browser abstractions."

Closure Templates can be used in JavaScript or Java for the client or server and have been precompiled to produce what Google called "efficient" JavaScript. The Closure Templates use a simple syntax that Google said is "natural for programmers." ®

Business security measures using SSL

More from The Register

next story
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps
Google offers beta of tricky OS-inside-OS tech
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine
Open source? In the government? Ha ha! What, wait ...?
Google extends app refund window to two hours
You now have 120 minutes to finish that game instead of 15
Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP
Big Data analytics projected to run on more servers than any other app
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.