Lessons learned: SmartGWT 2.3 – Component-Library for Google Web Toolkit (GWT)

Posted in Java / JEE, Web Framework on December 11th, 2010 by Kai Wähner

I used SmartGWT 2.3 in our last project (duration: 6 months). I wanna share my experiences with that component library in the following.

IMPORTANT: All information is my personal opinion! We bought the SmartGWT Power license, but we used SmartGWT without commercial training or commercial support. Regard this, when you read my stated CONs!

What is SmartGWT?

SmartGWT (http://code.google.com/p/smartgwt) is a component library for the Google Web Toolkit (GWT). Four different licences exists. The visual components are free (LGPL). Three further licences exists (see http://www.smartclient.com/product). These licences offer several additional features and components such as data binding, a “push”-implementation or Hibernate integration. We chose the Power Edition. SmartGWT is maintained by SmartClient (http://www.smartclient.com/smartgwt). SmartClient also offers commercial support.

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