The steering committee for the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) used to build and optimize Java-based browser-based applications released findings from a survey with 1349 responses to more than 30 questions on the future of the toolkit. Vaadin, the company behind the GWT-based Web framework, published the report.
Aside from finding developers interested in the future of GWT, the study aimed to better understand the community's thoughts on the technology's strengths and weaknesses.
The findings reveal that tablet apps have overtaken phones when it comes to GWT support. While developers can create application user interfaces for desktop, tablet, and mobile, more than 98% of apps using the technology support desktop browsers. The survey found that in the U.S., however, the number of apps supporting tablets was as high as 46% and 34% in Europe.
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When asked to share their thoughts about the problems faced with GWT, the study points to missing features and extensions. In regard to future features, at least one developer wished for amelioration of the compile-time problem, while another pointed to the problem of GWT ignoring how data is handled on the server side, although it is a feature of all applications.
Overall, the community appears satisfied with the toolkit's browser compatibility, which 60% identified as a strong point, but 49% of respondents said they are unhappy with compile times. And between 15% and 25% of respondents include application speed, and modularity as issues.
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