One of the features that makes GWT unique is the ability to run your application in the browser of your choice, and debug your Java source in the IDE. While the “browser of your choice” portion of the feature has been quite true for Windows users, our Developer Plugin support has had some gaps. Today we’re happy to close some of these gaps, by announcing the release of a Chrome Developer Plugin for Mac and Linux users.
To download and install the new plugin, simply start debugging your GWT application and point Chrome at the URL provided by the Google Plugin for Eclipse. From there you’ll be prompted to install the “GWT Developer Plugin for Chrome”.
You can also browse directly to the following URL for installation: http://gwt.google.com/missing-plugin/.
In addition to the new OS support, there is an important security fix included in this update. You will see the GWT icon appear in your browser bar when the plugin sees the ?gwt.codesvr fragment in a URL, and it will turn black and white if you need to authorize that host. If you see a full-color icon, that indicates your permissions are in order. You can click the icon to quick-jump to the permissions configuration.
Note to Windows users: we have created a new permissions UI that is baked into the extension rather than using native Windows dialogs. You will need to re-add any hosts you had configured for this new version.
For more information regarding security and the GWT Developer Plugin, checkout the plugin design wiki page, here.
If you have questions or want to provide some feedback, we’d love to hear it, and the best place to do so is at the Google Web Toolkit Group.