After a couple weeks of fixing all the issues our developer community has so
diligently reported in the issue tracker, we are happy to announce the official release of Google Web Toolkit 1.2 today.
As we mentioned when we released the 1.2 Release Candidate, you can now develop and debug with GWT on Mac OS X in addition to Linux and Windows. We are pretty proud of this particular feature because GWT is now about as "platform independent" as you can get: develop on Windows, Linux or Mac OS X and deploy to IE, Firefox, Safari and Opera on any platform, without any special cases in your code. (If you want a bit more detail about our implementation of Mac OS X support, our release nomenclature and other tidbits, this recent InfoQ interview may interest you.)
We also have already talked about how much faster the 1.2 hosted mode debugging environment is. And it is. If you've ever found yourself dropping to the command line using only the GWT compiler because hosted mode was too slow, you really should check out 1.2. Refreshes in hosted mode are almost instantaneous, and hosted mode lets you actually debug your code, which is nice.
And of course, there were a few (dozen) bug fixes in 1.2 RC and a few more in the 1.2 release. Good riddance.
And if that weren't enough...the number of third-party development tools supporting GWT is growing quickly:
- JetBrains added fantastic GWT support in IDEA 6.0. Check out their video demo to see just how easy they make GWT development.
- Instantiations just launched GWT Designer for Eclipse, a very impressive visual GUI creator demonstrated recently in their webinar.
- Wirelexsoft VistaFei for GWT is a comprehensive WYSIWYG IDE for GWT, soon to be offered in a free Community Edition as well as an enhanced Enterprise Edition.
It's way past bedtime, but one parting thought before I crash on a beanbag underneath this conference table: the GWT team rocks. You wouldn't believe how hard everyone has been working. And yet our urge to code is only growing as we see just how much people are starting to grok GWT.
Let us know what you think of the release in the GWT developer forum.