Once in a while new technologies mature and coalesce together to provide a new and viable platform that radically change the traditional development landscape. In recent years Ruby on Rails has been the poster child of all that is new and groovy; the “must learn” skill for developers, leaving behind those “legacy” Java systems built over the last ten years.
It looks like GWT (Google Web Toolkit) is challenging those ideas. We’ve written an article explaining the steps involved putting together a multi-tiered system using GWT and Spring together (with both layers built by Maven). This also comes with an Open Source reference project showing in detail how to get up and running very quickly. Full details here.
What makes me particularly happy about all this is , is that it looks like there is still life in the old Java dog yet 🙂