TouchKit is dead, long live TouchKit

Johannes Häyry
Johannes Häyry
On Mar 2, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Vaadin TouchKit is released today under Apache 2.0 license - the same permissive free software license as the core framework has. At the same time, we stop developing the product and we will not release any new features for it. We continue to support the product through our commercial support service. Continue reading for the reasoning behind the decision, what it means for you and how you can participate in the open source project.

Vaadin 8 is your choice for mobile development

Back in the Vaadin 6 era, we introduced an add-on called Vaadin TouchKit for bringing mobile support to Vaadin apps. The collection of mobile optimised components, the custom theme, and the custom servlet allowed implementing appealing UIs for mobile browsers with the same ease as for the desktop browsers.

Along the years, with each new release, Vaadin has matured for mobile devices in ways that defeat the need for a separate add-on for mobile use cases. Our standing is strong, and we will keep adding new mobile features in the future 8.x versions of Vaadin Framework.

Please keep being active and tell us what you want to see in the future releases regarding new mobile features. Comment on this post or go to our forum and comment on this thread with your ideas and expectations. Of course, the best way to get noticed is by creating an issue in GitHub.

TouchKit for Vaadin Framework 8

Although we stop developing the official Vaadin TouchKit, it doesn’t mean you can’t still use it for your Vaadin 7 projects. If you have an existing license, you can continue using the current official version from Vaadin Directory and Maven repository. For future development, you need to rely on the community.

But there is more. We also ported TouchKit to Vaadin Framework 8. This version is completely free under Apache license, but it is not maintained. We hope that the community will take over the project. We encourage you to go and make your own fork of it and become the lead of the new community version of TouchKit.

EDIT 2017-03-09: There is already a very promising fork with some fixes.

Johannes Häyry
Johannes Häyry
I'm a developer disguised as a product marketer. I usually write about new Vaadin releases or the upcoming cool features on the roadmap.
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