The History and Future of Google Web Toolkit
Posted by David Chandler on July 11, 2012
I’ve eagerly anticipated this blog post. There is a lot I have wanted to say about GWT in the past year, and Ray Cromwell says it all in this candid and optimistic Google I/O session.
- There are over 100k active GWT developers world-wide
- GWT 2.5 RC1 is now available with many code size improvements and some long-awaited new features (SourceMaps, SuperDevMode, and Elemental)
- Google is moving from gatekeeper to peer among equals on the newly formed GWT steering committee
- GWT trunk is now open for commits by external parties (no Googler intervention required)
- Sencha has released GXT 3, a major refactoring built on true GWT
- Vaadin will be offering commercial support for GWT
- Mgwt is awesome (Mobile GWT, works with Phonegap)
- 12:05 Introducing SourceMaps and SuperDevMode
- 25:40 Future of GWT
- 29:45 Michael Mullany, Sencha
- 39:58 Joonas Lehtinen, Vaadin
- 49:30 Q&A
I think it’s obvious to everyone that the GWT team at Google has shrunk significantly over the last year; nevertheless, GWT 2.5 demonstrates that GWT is still moving forward at Google as well as in the open source community. I think enterprises will be especially interested in Vaadin’s first-ever commercial support for GWT, and Sencha GXT customers will likewise be glad to see Sencha on the GWT steering committee. As a mature framework, GWT may not attract the attention and resources associated with the Next Big Thing, but at the same time, GWT 2.5 is better than ever for building large-scale rich Web apps and cross-platform mobile apps in the enterprise.