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Learning Vaadin by Nicolas Frankel

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Foreword

When we started designing Vaadin Framework in year 2000—then called Millstone Framework—we had a clear vision of creating a platform that would make building web applications fast, easy, and modular. Something that we wanted to use by ourselves in the process of building business oriented web applications. We envisioned a full stack of technologies starting from a web server, an object relationship-mapping tool, rich set of user interface components, and extensible theme system. Everything built from scratch with a tiny team with no funding and little experience. Fortunately, we did not have a clue on the size and complexity of the task or the lack of our experience; otherwise, we would have never dared to start working on such a huge ...

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