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Before GWT, there was Wt framework (C++); and then JWt (Java), which do the server and clientsides (with widgets in a tree).

Wt: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wt_(web_toolkit)

JWt: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/JWt_(Java_web_toolkit)

GWT: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Web_Toolkit

Now we have Babel, ES YYYY, and faster browser release cycles.

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