Bear Bibeault wrote:Unsaid is that these do not create Java in web pages...
Fair enough, I'll explain in detail.
Additionally, there are other plugins available across browsers that enabled the page to do more. Using these plugins, the browsers were able to display even more dynamic programmed content such as activex objects (in internet explorer) as well as flash and applets. However, HTML too is getting upgraded to support more items such as videos and canvas. Thus the need for such plugins is eliminated.
Coming back to the main topic, the browser does not have the actual capability to run java (Applets are long dead). So, java cannot be directly used for web designing and changing its looks. However, some smart guys came up with an idea that it could be possible to make such a compiler(or maybe a translator?) that can convert a special
Bear Bibeault wrote:regarded as stop-gap solutions for shops that are unable to do real web application development for whatever reasons.
Here is where I differ in opinion, I wouldn't call it a stop-gap. GWT can be used to build truly amazing web application. As far as I believe, I think Google Docs, Google Adwords, Google wave (scrapped off), google wallet, was made in GWT. Having said that, its last release was in november 2014, so I don't know if its still actively developed now.