Release Candidate now available: the Google API Libraries for Google Web Toolkit

Posted by Andrew Bowers - Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 12:20:00 PM

We're happy to say that the first Release Candidates for the Google API Libraries for Google Web Toolkit are now ready to be taken for a test drive.

The project is a collection of libraries that provide Java language bindings and API specific plumbing for some Google JavaScript APIs. The goal is to make it easy for developers to use these JavaScript APIs with GWT. Libraries available at this time include a new version of Gears, as well as new libraries for Gadgets and the Google AJAX Search API.

Gears 1.1 Library (Release Candidate)
A new version of the Gears library is available. In addition to the earlier version's support for the Gears LocalServer, Database, and WorkerPool, 1.1 adds integrated support for offline applications and updated sample applications. The bindings have also been refactored to use GWT 1.5 JavaScript overlay types and a new package hierarchy.

Gadgets 1.0 Library (Release Candidate)
The Gadgets library simplifies gadget development with GWT by automatically generating a Gadget specification from Java source and inserting a selection script in the specification much like a regular GWT project. After compiling your gadget with GWT, all files are in place to publish your gadget. This version currently supports the legacy Gadgets API based on the _IG_... namespace.

Google AJAX Search 1.0 Library (Release Candidate)
The Google AJAX Search API lets you put Google Search in your web pages, including Web, Local, and Multimedia searches. This library allows you to access the API from Java code compiled with the GWT compiler without having to write additional JavaScript code.

If you've been following the early milestone builds, you may also be aware that a Google Maps API Library for GWT is in the works. Stay tuned for a release candidate for that library.

With this set of release candidates, each library is now distributed separately so that you can download only the specific library you are interested in.

We encourage you to try these release candidates out and give us feedback, either through the issue tracker on, or through the Google-Web-Toolkit or Google-Web-Toolkit-Contributors group.

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