I first heard about Volta on the Java Posse (#154). It was carelessly referred to as a GWT rip-off. Being a long-time listener (and fan) of the Java Posse, I was well aware that opinions expressed about Microsoft products are seldom well researched. I did a little more reading and was interested in what I found.
Of course, while I can't attest to how well it works (like those at the Java Posse, I don't own a Windows PC), I do think it give us some interesting things to think about in the Java community.
- If GWT read bytecode rather than source code, it could support Groovy as well. For those who haven't tried, Groovy builders are a very clean way to write Swing code. They could have been helpful for GWT as well.
- Could a single set of UI APIs apply for Applets, Applications and GWT-like Web apps, like Microsoft's Avalon APIs span Silverlight, Windows Apps and Volta UIs?
- How many interesting ideas do we miss because we don't watch developments in competing environments?