Vaadin is now 10 years old! Well, it has been 10 years old a few days already. Details schmetails.
Ten years is a lot of history. In fact, our history goes way longer back than GWT's, which was released only 5 years ago. We were around even before JSF, which was introduced as early as 2004. But what did we do before GWT, you ask? We did all that ourselves.
Ajax was a very new and unknown concept back in 2001 (Actually, the name was coined only in early 2005), so Millstone (as Vaadin was called back then) didn't start out with anything that would feel like what GWT does. It all started out by only rendering static HTML, or even WAP pages if you so wanted. The component way-of-thinking was there though, declared in an unlawful amount of XML and XSLT. shiver
Our heartfelt thank yous for all these years. We're looking forward to see you with us during the next 10.