Greetings from the Google I/O "History and Future of GWT" session. I am happy to announce that our 5 year "engagement period" with GWT is turning into something more serious. Vaadin 7 will include a full copy of GWT maintained by the Vaadin team.
This means that Vaadin 7 will directly support a client-side UI development model - in addition to the features already planned for it. Fear not, this does not water down the super productive server-side development model we all love. Instead it gives you an option to create a Vaadin client module when it is needed by your application (for example, offline mode).
Google announced today at Google I/O a plan to move GWT towards a more open development model, and the formation of a steering committee to oversee future development of GWT. We are happy to be able to be in that steering committee and to do our part in ensuring that GWT will develop and blossom for years to come.
One of the very interesting implications for this strategic move is that Vaadin Pro Account online support and Vaadin Key Account enterprise support plans will include support for GWT. Anyone who is building their apps using GWT today can move to Vaadin by simply replacing the jars in the project and sign up with our support. This makes us the only source for first level commercial support for GWT.
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