GWT project contains three content pages.

  • Snapshot – displays financial details like Balance Sheet (BS), Profit and Loss A/c (PL), Quarterly data (Qtr), Cash Flow (CF) and Holding details of a Symbol with forward or backward navigation capability to view other periods. It has collapsible graphs of Price, Price to Earnings (PE) and Price to Book (PB) movements. For each category a Pop up displays data for the entire period.

  • Manage Watchlist – create and manage multiple Watch Lists which is a list of symbols.

  • Watchlist – displays financial details of symbols for a watch list in a Data Grid

Tutorial covers Snapshot in detail, and other two pages are similar in design, and one may go through them once they are comfortable with Snapshot.

6.1. Snapshot

Snapshot displays various data of a Symbol, and it uses following custom widgets.

  • AutoSuggest – search and select a Symbol.

  • FactPanel – displays some financial indicators in row.

  • ChartPanel – collapsible graphs of Price, PE and PB ratios.

  • FactTable – displays data of a category in a two column table.

  • FactGrid – displays data of category for all periods in a tabular table.

  • ToolbarItem – controls to navigate the data.

Figure 6.1. Snapshot

Snapshot is a complex UI, and we are going design and add these widget one by one so that readers can keep up with the progress.


Snapshot is a ResizeComposite and uses LayoutPanel for better control over widget placement. Template file in.fins.client.content/Snapshot.ui.xml places widgets like AutoSuggest, TitlePanel, FactPanel in layers of a LayoutPanel. It adds remaining widgets FactDisclosePanel and FactTable to the Grid as it allows to slide the FactTable uniformly and adjusts the FactTable row to equal height, when FactDisclosePanel expands itself to show the underlying graph. CustomCell allows to add custom widgets to Grid. It places the Grid in a layer of the LayoutPanel. Constraints of all layers use PCT instead of fixed measures. At this point, we are yet to have the custom widgets to place them in the template, therefore, uses GWT Label as the placeholders.

Following code initializes UI and aligns contents of the second row of the grid to top of the cell.


   public Snapshot() {
   }, for home tab and, for menu selection used DateBox as placeholder for Snapshot. Now we can replace them with the Snapshot.


  public FinsShell() {

     contentPanel.addTab("Home", new Snapshot());


   public void onMenuSelection(MenuEvent menuEvent) {
      String contentName = menuEvent.getMenu();
      if (contentName.equals("Snapshot")) {
          addTab(contentName, new Snapshot());

With the basic template of Snapshot in place, we can proceed to design and add other widgets.