Live GWT Q&A with David Chandler on GWT 3 and the Sencha GXT roadmap

We are pleased to announce that we are going to hold our February live Q&A with David Chandler on February the 10th..

David Chandler will be our guest for this one and he will be discussing the upcoming changes in GWT 3 and how it fits with the next version of Sencha GXT.

David was formerly the GWT Developer Advocate with Google and is now GXT Product Manager and Developer Advocate with Sencha, Inc

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Return on Kevin’s answers on live Q&A on GWT Material

As you may know, 4 months ago we decided to put in place a new initiative for the GWT community. We wanted to highlight what was happening in the GWT community and start sharing the knowledge.

We held 4 Q&As already, which you can watch here. In preparation of those Hangout on Air events, we prepared a series of questions for our guests.

We know that some of you don’t have the time to watch a 30 min. video, this is why we took notes during the event.
You will have a hint of the live event which you can watch below:

Mark Kevin Baldemor was our guest for this Q&A and he talked about GWT Material. Founder of the Gwt-Material Project,he has been involved in the community for three years now.

Phil: Who are you and what do you do?
Kevin: I am Mark Kevin R. Baldemor, I’m currently staying in the northern part of the Philippines, surrounded by oceans and tall mountains with different species of wild animals. I am now 21 years old and I graduated at Informatics College Philippines with an Advance Diploma on Multimedia Technology in the year of 2013. I have my Internship at BPM Conseil, a french company located in Lyon, France and luckily I did my first job there with the introduction of GWT Technology, HIbernate, OSGI and lots of Google API’s. I do web and mobile development using open source kits like Android SDK and Phonegap. After my work life with BPM, I continued my journey to develop my own open source GWT Ui Framework built Material Design called “GWT-Material”.

Phil: What company are you working for? Can you tell us more about it and your role there?
Kevin: Now, I am working for I3 (Canadian Company) – on the IT Department as a Gwt UI UX Developer and a Project Owner and Contributor of gwt-material open source project.

Phil: Some questions about GWT first: When and why did you start using GWT?
Kevin: I started using GWT on 2013 from version 2.5 to 2.8. I loved the architecture pattern of GWT using RPC to communicate with the Server side components. Then, I tried to make some sort of starter projects using GWT for front-end and Hibernate for the back-end which makes the development process more exciting. As a result, I did more and more projects inside my company and the result was very nice but there was a code duplication when I included the CSS, JS Resources to build a custom widget. That’s when I tried to learn how to build a UI Framework and hosted it on Github with the help of other GWT Contributors to make it more Modular and easy to integrate to other projects.

Phil: Now about GWT Material in itself, you are the founder of this project. When and why did it start?
Kevin: Yes I am the founder of this project. It was founded January of 2015 with an alpha version hosted on Google Code, but later on with the help of other GWT Contributors, we tried to host the project on Github and released a Maven version (1.0) which improved the productivity of the project plus the showcase app. The history of this project started when Google announced their design language called “Material Design” and I discovered Materializecss (a CSS Framework) founded by Mr. Alvin Wang and his team. They wanted to build a website using the design specification of Google. With the whole idea, I finally decided to create an open source Apache 2.0 license GWT Based widgets built in Material Design specifications called “gwt-material” and I added some custom components and called them “gwt-material-addins”, like Autocomplete, Time Picker, PathAnimator, Subheader and etc.

Gilberto Torrezan Filho: Talking about GWT Polymer, doesn’t GWT Material have the same purpose as Vaadin’s project? Will they be competitors to each other in the future?
Kevin: GWT Material is totally different from GWT Vaadin Polymer project, because our project is totally based on GWT widget based systems built on Material Design Specifications and with the help of Materializecss contributed by Avin Wang. GWT Vaadin created their generator api to create paper components using JSInterop, soon on GWT Material we will also implement those features using Elemento and JSInterop to support GWT 3.0.

Zakaria Amine: Is GWT material design library production ready?
Kevin: Yes it is production ready, and honestly we have news coming from the community: they have successfully built a gwt-material design application on Web and also on mobile development using Phonegap. We also provided templates for a guideline on how to develop using gwt-material.

Below are the list of applications built by the community for their personal and company projects:

  1. TripWeGo by Julien Guibert
  2. Healthphere by OrNot (Github username) – http://www.healthphere.com/
  3. MyMoney by Werner Kok

Here are also the list of the templates we provided :

Phil: Question # 5 : What can you tell us about the community?
Kevin: About the community, we have now 118 members on Gitter Channel, 116 members on Google Plus and 128 Stargazers on Github which is a good news for the project itself. Many users submitted their Pull Requests for new exciting material design widgets. Some are submitting issues which improves the stability and quality of the project. GWT Material has 9 members, some are part time contributors and others are actively contributors of the project. Thanks to Ben Dol (New Zealand) on the huge code refactoring made on 1.4 release including the modular theming of the project called “gwt-material-themes”. For the Maven releases of the project, Christian Lacerda (Brazil) is our active releaser for the said project. Sometimes we organize online session using Team Viewer to help one another on how we can leverage and discuss about the project.

Phil: Question # 6 : What can you tell us about it and its evolution?
Kevin: GWT Material is a Material Design based widgets with the help of Materializecss as core framework. We release

  • 1.0 for the (Production Release) it includes the core material widgets.
  • 1.2 Integration of Phonegap plugin with gwt-material
  • 1.3 Maven Official Release
  • 1.3.1 Bug fixes for 1.3
  • 1.3.2 gwt-material Themes
  • 1.3.3 Material Design templates
  • 1.4.0 Huge Code Refactoring
  • 1.4.1 Bug Fixes for 1.4 (Upcoming)
  • 1.5.0 gwt-material-addins components (Upcoming)

On each release we are very thankful to the contributors for their support on gwt-material project. I am very happy that until now the project status is still actively maintained.

On 1.5.0 version, we added MaterialPathAnimator to provide meaningful and delightful animations to transform a source widget into target widget. It helps the users to not loose their interaction between two components e.g a Card transforms into an overlay panel or a button transforms into a card. Also we tried our best to implement core animations like fade in/out, slide in/out or even page transitions into the Material Design widgets. We also added a built in Google Icon Fonts hosted internally and we provided a morphing animation using MaterialIconMorph.

Mohammed Al-Hammouri: What about the performance or size of the library?
Kevin: First, I’m not really good on performance optimization about web applications, but for the css or js resource, files of Materializecss can be measured using their jasmine test. Now, I am developing some big applications and the result is great, it is fast. I don’t have any issue on app’s performance including the server side and populating the data into a specific material design view component. On Phonegap, I tried to integrate my web app but it seems to be too slow because of the JQuery animation plugin which kills the performance. What we did is that we separated the modules into different repositories like gwt-material-theme and gwt-material-addins so that the user can choose whether they want to have only the core components or include the addin components.

Gilberto Torrezan Filho: Materialize CSS is the base project for GWT Material, but currently GWT Material have more components than Materialize CSS. How is the relationship between Materialize CSS and GWT project teams? What would happen to GWTM if materialize CSS is discontinued?
Kevin: This is a good question. I talked to Mr. Alvin Wang about the project and he was happy that their project was used by GWT Material. As for me, I am very thankful for their contribution to the world of web development. If Materializecss were to be discontinued, it is likely that we would have already created our Plan B: “gwt-material-addins” – a collection of custom Material Design Widgets plus Community contribution built in pure gwt-material widgets.

Phil: Question # 7 : What is the future of the GWT Material?
Kevin: This is a good question. As for now, we all know that we are waiting for the GWT 3.0. Everything is new as I heard on the GWT community, such as the usage of JSInterop, Java 8, Web Components and other tech behind it. With gwt-material 2.0, we are thinking about implementing all of these inside the project to provide a bullet proof support for the said open source project to make gwt-material a great project and supports GWT 3.0.

Also we are trying to build more Material Design Widgets and trying to refactored it using JSInterop. We are on the Research and Development process to learn how to use it and provide the architecture of GWT Material 2.0 and will be able to release on Maven Central as soon as possible.

Martin Hollerweger: How do you see the future with GWT and js-Interopt? What are the main benefits of GWT compared to other solutions like ionic?
Kevin: The future of GWT and JSInterop is interesting but it has a minor effect. First with the use of UiBInder and widget system: these features will be removed on GWT 3.0, I think. But for gwt-material, we will try our best to support it using JSInteropand Java 8 other features. For the last question, sorry but I don’t have any idea about Ionic.

Martin Hollerweger: Will Gwt-material switch fully to js-interopt?
Kevin: This will depends on the discussion with the community. If they want to switch fully to JSInterop then we will do it for them but in my opinion as a founder, it is good to have backup plans to anticipate the migration such as creating an old branch to backup the previous features that does not support JSInterop. Then, we will create a new branch for the JSInterop migration so that the user will have options if they want to switch their apps into JSInterop support or not.
Resources

Project shared
GWT Material repository – https://github.com/GwtMaterialDesign/gwt-material
GWT Material Addins – https://github.com/GwtMaterialDesign/gwt-material-addins
GWT Material Themes – https://github.com/GwtMaterialDesign/gwt-material-themes
GWT Material Showcase – https://github.com/GwtMaterialDesign/gwt-material-demo
GWT Material Phonegap – https://github.com/GwtMaterialDesign/gwt-material-phonegap
Google Plus Page – https://plus.google.com/communities/108005250093449814286
Contributing Guide – https://github.com/GwtMaterialDesign/gwt-material/wiki/Contributing

Live GWT Q&A with Mark Kevin Baldemor on GWT Material on January 19th

We are pleased to announce that we are going to hold our January live Q&A on January the 19th with the founder of Gwt-Material Project, Mark Kevin Baldemor. He is very involved in the community and he will talk about the GWT Material project.

A bit of information about our guest for this month:

“I am currently staying at the northern part of the Philippines with lots of beautiful scenic spots which leads my development life into peaceful and exciting work condition. I tried to help the gwt community and my current company to build rich web / mobile applications with the help of Google Material Design UI / UX specifications which improve the gwt developers productivity. With 3 years expertise on gwt development, I experienced the copy pasting of styles from one project to another, so I decided to create an Open source project api for Front End Framework with the help of Materializecss bringing Material Design to Web Application development with Rich UI / UX and Meaningful Animations.”

Mark Kevin Baldemor

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Live Q&A session with Brandon Donnelson on GWT Plugin for Eclipse on December 10th

We are pleased to announce that we are going to hold our december live Q&A with Brandon Donnelson on December 10th.

Brandon will be our guest for this one and he will talk about the Eclipse Plugin for GWT. This Q&A is a great opportunity to learn more about Brandon and the Plugin.

He is really involved in the GWT Community and if you don’t know him, it’s a great occasion to discover who he is. A bit of information about our guest for this month:

  • Brandon is a GXT Support Engineer for Sencha and here is his bio: “I live in Arlington Washington on a small farm with my lovely wife and 5 kids. We’ve got a llama, couple alpacas, some goats and chickens. I enjoy working with the GWT and I like helping others use it for application development. Often in my spare time I’m working on things that help others.”

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Live GWT Q&A with Francesca and Alberto on GWTcon

We are pleased to announce that we are going to hold our live Q&A with Francesca Tosi and Alberto Mancini on October 28th.

Francesca and Alberto are both the organizers of the GWTcon. This Q&A is a great opportunity to learn more about GWTcon, the event and why they are doing it.

GWTcon is a community-driven event which tries to involve the community around the GWT Toolkit as much as possible.

GWT being an open source project, we think it really needs and requires an healthy community of active developers and users that are willing to share experiences, opinions and real word practices.

  • Francesca Tosi is a Freelance, web & mobile Developer and Architect, with a passion for fine tuned details. Co-founder at JooinK (www.jooink.com). GDG-Firenze Lead and founder. Intel Software Innovator. GWTcon organizer.
  • Alberto Mancini is a passionate (web & mobile) developer and linux sysadmin. Co-founder of GDG-Firenze and GWTcon organizer. He loves to learn new programming techniques and to demonstrate how modern browsers can do high performance computations, of course using GWT.

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First Live GWT Q&A Session with Maxime Meriouma-Caron and Olivier Lafleur on GWT Chosen 3.0 Release

We are pleased to announce that we are going to hold our first live Q&A with Maxime Meriouma-Caron and Olivier Lafleur on October 7th.

Maxime and Olivier are both Arcbees’ employees who worked on the new release. This Q&A is a great opportunity to learn more about GWTChosen, or offer suggestions about how it can be improved for future releases.

You’ll also gain some insight into how we work at Arcbees, and get to know two of the Bees who contribute to and help support our open source projects.

  • Olivier is an Open Source and Open Web enthusiast. As our “community gardener”, he likes helping new Bees explore the Arcbees ecosystem, and really spread their wings.
  • Maxime is a passionate developer always up for new challenges who joined Arcbees in 2011. Over the past several years, he has contributed to GWTP and other open-source projects, including GWT-Chosen, Jukito, GWT-Query plugins, TeamCity plugins and GWT-SEO. He has also acquired significant expertise in the Google Cloud Platform, in his role as lead developer on many projects.

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GWTChosen 3.0 and an upcoming Q&A on this release

Erratum on the event date: It will be held on October the 7th with Maxime and Olivier from Arcbees on this release

We’re happy to announce the latest major update of GWTChosen – version 3.0.

This release includes a mobile version of GWTChosen. The full release notes on GitHub describe it in detail. The whole purpose of GWTChosen has been to make long, unwieldy select boxes user-friendly. However, the mobile experience still wasn’t smooth enough, so we refactored the code. Now mobile users can enjoy the same ease of use that GWTChosen gave people on larger screens.

If we compare the desktop and the mobile version of Chosen, we see that each one is a good fit for its context of use.

Single Chosen on desktop :

single-desktop

Single Chosen on mobile

single-mobile

Multiple Chosen on desktop

multiple-desktop

Multiple Chosen on mobile

multiple-mobile

If you’re not sure how to include GWTChosen in your project, check out the documentation. We made it as easy to include as we possibly could (hint : it’s a one-liner ;-)).

As Philippe said in his last blog post, we will start a series of Q&A sessions with leading lights in the GWT Universe. First up will be on the release of GWT Chosen. It will be held next week for a live Q&A on October 7th! You can already register for the event here.

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GWT Live Q&A sessions are about to begin!

Important developments in GWT are underway all around the world, and the GWT Live Q&A sessions of Google+ Hangouts is your chance to connect with all of them. This monthly Hangout will feature a conversation, presentation or broadcast of a live event, plus an opportunity for you to ask GWT superstars from around the world your questions – about their presentation or about any other GWT issues you want to ask them.

How GWT Live! will Work

The event in itself will be held live on Google+. Each month, 2 weeks before the event, we will create a GWT Live! Event Page on Google+. Live sessions will last between 30 min and 1 hour depending on the topic and our guest. You will be able to follow it live and ask questions through Google+ or on Twitter using the hashtag #GWTQA. We will try to answer as many  questions as possible in the time we have.

GWT Live! Video Recordings

A video recording of each GWT Live! event will be posted to the Arcbees Youtube channel, and cross-posted to the Google+ Event Page for that Hangout, and on our Arcbees blog. We will also write a blog post after the event summarizing key points from the session, as well as providing answers to any questions we did not have time to address.

Join Us for the First Session

Arcbees is releasing a new version of one of our products this month, and we are making that the topic of our our first Q&A session. Our goal in releasing products is to make your life easier as a GWT developer, and we are eager to present our latest release to you and hear what you think about it.
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