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One of the projects I'm working right now is sort of a hybrid between multi-page and single-page in hindsight (even though the implementation is in single-page).

This particular project chose to use GWT. While GWT provides a lot of good abstractions to build such application, I find the requirements for the project is disturbing: want to be like desktop, but looks like a web-app, but can do bookmarking, etc etc.

It suffers a lot of issues from:

1) Having to re-implement how the history works

2) Having data freshness issue vs not re-fetching every visit

3) Huge DOM structure within the single page

It's just too crazy. Luckily GWT ease the pain a little bit, but I wished we wouldn't go that far or at least cap the requirements with some limitations.

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