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Terms, Icons, and Labels

Many classes have shortcut names used when creating (instantiating) a class with a configuration object. The shortcut name is referred to as an alias (or xtype if the class extends Ext.Component). The alias/xtype is listed next to the class name of applicable classes for quick reference.

Access Levels

Framework classes or their members may be specified as private or protected. Else, the class / member is public. Public, protected, and private are access descriptors used to convey how and when the class or class member should be used.

Member Types

Member Syntax

Below is an example class member that we can disect to show the syntax of a class member (the lookupComponent method as viewed from the Ext.button.Button class in this case).

lookupComponent ( item ) : Ext.Component

Called when a raw config object is added to this container either during initialization of the items config, or when new items are added), or {@link #insert inserted.

This method converts the passed object into an instanced child component.

This may be overridden in subclasses when special processing needs to be applied to child creation.


item :  Object

The config object being added.


The component to be added.

Let's look at each part of the member row:

Member Flags

The API documentation uses a number of flags to further commnicate the class member's function and intent. The label may be represented by a text label, an abbreviation, or an icon.

Class Icons

- Indicates a framework class

- A singleton framework class. *See the singleton flag for more information

- A component-type framework class (any class within the Ext JS framework that extends Ext.Component)

- Indicates that the class, member, or guide is new in the currently viewed version

Member Icons

- Indicates a class member of type config

- Indicates a class member of type property

- Indicates a class member of type method

- Indicates a class member of type event

- Indicates a class member of type theme variable

- Indicates a class member of type theme mixin

- Indicates that the class, member, or guide is new in the currently viewed version

Class Member Quick-Nav Menu

Just below the class name on an API doc page is a row of buttons corresponding to the types of members owned by the current class. Each button shows a count of members by type (this count is updated as filters are applied). Clicking the button will navigate you to that member section. Hovering over the member-type button will reveal a popup menu of all members of that type for quick navigation.

Getter and Setter Methods

Getting and setter methods that correlate to a class config option will show up in the methods section as well as in the configs section of both the API doc and the member-type menus just beneath the config they work with. The getter and setter method documentation will be found in the config row for easy reference.

History Bar

Your page history is kept in localstorage and displayed (using the available real estate) just below the top title bar. By default, the only search results shown are the pages matching the product / version you're currently viewing. You can expand what is displayed by clicking on the button on the right-hand side of the history bar and choosing the "All" radio option. This will show all recent pages in the history bar for all products / versions.

Within the history config menu you will also see a listing of your recent page visits. The results are filtered by the "Current Product / Version" and "All" radio options. Clicking on the button will clear the history bar as well as the history kept in local storage.

If "All" is selected in the history config menu the checkbox option for "Show product details in the history bar" will be enabled. When checked, the product/version for each historic page will show alongside the page name in the history bar. Hovering the cursor over the page names in the history bar will also show the product/version as a tooltip.

Search and Filters

Both API docs and guides can be searched for using the search field at the top of the page.

On API doc pages there is also a filter input field that filters the member rows using the filter string. In addition to filtering by string you can filter the class members by access level, inheritance, and read only. This is done using the checkboxes at the top of the page.

The checkbox at the bottom of the API class navigation tree filters the class list to include or exclude private classes.

Clicking on an empty search field will show your last 10 searches for quick navigation.

API Doc Class Metadata

Each API doc page (with the exception of Javascript primitives pages) has a menu view of metadata relating to that class. This metadata view will have one or more of the following:

Expanding and Collapsing Examples and Class Members

Runnable examples (Fiddles) are expanded on a page by default. You can collapse and expand example code blocks individually using the arrow on the top-left of the code block. You can also toggle the collapse state of all examples using the toggle button on the top-right of the page. The toggle-all state will be remembered between page loads.

Class members are collapsed on a page by default. You can expand and collapse members using the arrow icon on the left of the member row or globally using the expand / collapse all toggle button top-right.

Desktop -vs- Mobile View

Viewing the docs on narrower screens or browsers will result in a view optimized for a smaller form factor. The primary differences between the desktop and "mobile" view are:

Viewing the Class Source

The class source can be viewed by clicking on the class name at the top of an API doc page. The source for class members can be viewed by clicking on the "view source" link on the right-hand side of the member row.

GXT 4.x


Create a GWT Project in Eclipse with Standard Packaging

Create GWT project

  1. Start by selecting the Google Eclipse Plugin shortcut in the top left and then select New Web Application Project

  2. Give the project a name then add a package.

    • Suggested naming for package could be something like tld.domain.projecttype.

  3. Click finish and the new project will look something like this.

Chrome GWT developer plugin

When debugging GWT for the first time in Chrome it will ask to install the GWT Developer Plugin.

  1. When Chrom warns to install the GWT Developer Plugin, click on the download link.

  2. The download link goes to Chrome Store GWT Developer plugin. Select +Add To Chrome.

  3. Confirm and then select Add.

  4. Once the plugin has completed installing hit the back button until the url arriving back to the GWT debug link.

Debug the New GWT project

After creating the new project verify that it works.

  1. Start debugging the application, click on the debug icon down arrow and select the project GXT-Project.

  2. A moment later at the bottom of Eclipse perspective Development Mode tab, double click on the debugging web application link.

  3. The browser will load the application into debugging mode into the browser.

Debugging in multiple browsers

Multiple browsers can be used to debug the application. Double clicking on the link loads the last browser used for debugging. Right-clicking on the debug link gives you the option to choose another browser. If the browser is not installed on the system it will be added.

  • Right click on the debugging link and select the browser to debug the application.

Alternative debugging initialization

There is more than one way to start debugging. After importing a project this is the easiest way to start debugging it.

  • Right-click on the project, go to Debug As, and select Web Application. If the project has more than one HTML page in the war directory it will prompt which page to load.

Project settings

  1. Start by right clicking on project and goto Google then select Web Toolkit settings.

  2. Select Web Toolkit on the left. This displays the properties for the Google Web Toolkit.

    • At least one entry point module will have to be listed for the debugger to work.

  3. Select Web Applicaiton on the left. This displays the war directory properties.

    • Typically for a Java standard packaging project, both checkboxes need to be checked.

Setting the JVM heap space

Large applications with many inherited libraries may need more heap space.

  1. Select the debug icon down arrow and select Debug-Configurations.

  2. The debug configurations Main tab displays by default.

  3. Select the Arguments tab VM arguments input -Xss1024K -Xmx1024M -XX:MaxPermSize=128M. The default heap space is -Xmx512M. The above configuration solves most large application scenarios, although these are a suggestion and can be adjusted to the desired size.

GXT 4.x