Saturday, June 1, 2019

Re: GWT - Still Active ?

GWT is not dead! It's simply suffering from PR misunderstanding. People think that you have to use the old widget system to use GWT, but you don't. Just use Elemento instead of widgets and REST calls instead of RPC.  Regardless of what happens with GWT 3, using GWT 2.8 is future proof since it supports JsInterop. GWT remains the most robust system to develop web apps with. Also, combined with J2ObjC, it remains the only way to write 100% native apps for web, iOS, and Android and share 70% of the code between all platforms. Other systems that let you share code don't produce truly native apps.

On Friday, May 31, 2019 at 8:27:45 PM UTC-7, Peter Donald wrote:
On Fri, May 31, 2019 at 10:44 AM Craig Mitchell <> wrote:
Off topic:  I do wonder how web assembly (WASM) is going to impact GWT, especially if it gets garbage collection, and therefore makes Java to WASM compilation possible.

That is the biggest risk IMO. When we did our analysis to decide on whether to commit to J2CL/GWT3.x for the next 10 years or not this was the only real risk that we found (or that Typescript gets a lot better backend).

WebAssembly is still a way off but projects like do seem to be something to watch


Peter Donald

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