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SmartGWT vs Gwt-Ext Evaluation

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Hi ,

I am currently evaluating an additional framework on top of GWT for extended UI requirements.I was looking at GWT-Ext, but later decided to look at SmartGWT. But I am concerned about the pricing, i am not sure if it is free opensource or not, although the website says there is a opensource version. but it looks like none of the server side functionalities like database connectors are not available in the opensource version. Since i am new to Java, I am not sure how SmartGWT compares with GWT-Ext. Does it imply that if I use a free version, I will not be able to connect to databases, use server-side validation , etc (http://www.smartclient.com/product/index.jsp), or am I confusing some additional features with basic specs. All I need is a good GUI for a GWT project.

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Yes, you'll need to purchase a license to use the server side functionality of SmartGWT
Licensing is even worse with GWT-Ext from memory.
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> Does it imply that if I use a free version, I will not be able to connect to databases, use server-side validation

you can but you'll need to implement it yourself.
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>> you can but you'll need to implement it yourself.

Are these functionalities (server side) available in GWT-Ext? Let me clarify my question, We have almost decided to go with GWT-Ext, but having read about GWT-Ext everywhere it looks like it is advisable to move to SmartGWT, my problem is that if i had to choose to move to SmartGWT, I would like to know if it will be of any additional cost to us?
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I don't believe so (its a client library), and the the licensing is more restrictive.
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