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Remote Procedure Calls

A fundamental difference between GWT applications and traditional HTML web applications is that GWT applications do not need to fetch new HTML pages while they execute. Because GWT-enhanced pages actually run more like applications within the browser, there is no need to request new HTML from the server to make user interface updates. However, like all client/server applications, GWT applications usually do need to fetch data from the server as they execute. The mechanism for interacting with a server across a network is called making a remote procedure call (RPC), also sometimes referred to as a server call. GWT RPC makes it easy for the client and server to pass Java objects back and forth over HTTP.

When used properly, RPCs give you the opportunity to move all of your UI logic to the client, resulting in greatly improved performance, reduced bandwidth, reduced web server load, and a pleasantly fluid user experience.

The server-side code that gets invoked from the client is often referred to as a service, so the act of making a remote procedure call is sometimes referred to as invoking a service. To be clear, though, the term service in this context isn't the same as the more general "web service" concept. In particular, GWT services are not related to the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP).