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I am using the combination of spring, spring-security, struts and iBatis in my application. Now I am looking to migrate the struts UI to GWT.

The new combination must be spring, spring-security, GWT and iBatis.

I applied a layered approach to develop my application. In Controller/UI layer i am using Struts. I want to replace struts and use GWT in Controller/UI layer.

Is is possible to use GWT without affecting another layers DAO/BL/SL?

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Why GWT as opposed to say Spring MVC? I assume because you don't want to have to deal with Javascript etc? – Martijn Verburg Aug 28 '12 at 8:55
Correct .. I want to handle AJAX and JavaScript related stuff in more frequent way. Also GWT provides rich client look and feel tools are very nice to work on. – Satish Pandey Aug 28 '12 at 9:07
Some other technologies that you may consider for the presentation layer would be JSF or Wicket, both can also integrate well into Spring. I warn though that there are always little quirks and oddities in any of these frameworks that will force you to write custom javascript from time to time. – maple_shaft Aug 30 '12 at 11:31
The previous answers give good advice. I'd just like to add that there is a Vaadin add-on (JSP Integration) that might help during the migration process, depending on your actual migration strategy and whether your current Struts implementation uses JSP as a view technology. – Alejandro Du Apr 14 at 15:47
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's not about conceptual software design. – MetaFight Apr 24 at 15:47
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The short answer is: Yes, you can.

The problem is how to do it, as you will probably need a rewrite of your presentation layer and I don't think there is any tool that can help you easy up the migration.

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Do i need to edit, spring application context and spring security settings also? – Satish Pandey Aug 28 '12 at 9:16
Well, I haven't seen your code, but I you'll probably have to adapt them too. It depends on how tied they are to the presentation layer and how you finally decide to do the migration. – adosaiguas Aug 28 '12 at 9:23

Well, yes, sure you can. Just make sure that the classes used in your frameworks are on the GWT white list. What that means in practice is:

  • Decide on the version of GWT you'll use in your project. If no constrains exist, use the latest.

  • Decide the versions of the other frameworks as well.

  • Decide which of the classes from those frameworks will be used in the CLIENT side code of your GWT project

Finally, if you arrive in a situation where certiain classes that come from your framework(s) will not be directly usable in GWT client code, there's multiple solutions:

  • check out if there's not already a "bridge" library/framework that deals with this issue (like Gilead for Hibernate)
  • if you have to do it by hand, explore the options (by maybe doing a small proof of concept): either implement a custom serialization policy, or make a DTO layer, etc.
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