Monday, October 26, 2015

GWT as a "thin" layer over JavaScript?


I code in both JavaScript and Java. I make my back-ends with Java whereas I use JavaScript for the front-ends. Nothing new. However, for the last years I aimed my career so much to Java, that I missed out many important JavaScript libraries and projects. Instead, I always used my old custom JavaScript libraries. Now I want to change that, but I got a little tired of the dynamic typing, among other ugly things of JavaScript. That's why I'm considering to move either to TypeScript or to GWT.

In the case of GWT, I know that I'm "arriving" very late. There are some people that even told me to stay away from it. However, I also want to hear directly from people who still use GWT.

I don't want too much abstraction of the DOM. Indeed, I want to have absolute control over it if necessary. Could be GWT used that way, as a "thin" layer over JavaScript? I read about Elemental, but it seems to be very tied to WebKit and experimental. I also have read about GwtQuery. Would it be what I need to manipulate the DOM, instead of Elemental? Is it still maintained? Does it still receive new features?

With this I don't mean that I'm not interested in using the GWT widgets. It's the opposite really. But I want to be sure that, if I need it, I still can do things at a lower level.

Thank you.

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