Feeds

Google unleashes internal JavaScript tools

Channel the power of Gmail

Build a business case: developing custom apps

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." ®

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

More from The Register

next story
Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE
Tim Berners-Lee isn't happy, but we should be
Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store
DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! Naughty, misleading developers!
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder
And now a message from our sponsors: 'STFU or else'
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy
Casual labour and tired ideas = not really web-tastic
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.