Google Web Toolkit 1.6 (Release Candidate) – developer’s guide and download page

Developer’s Guide

  • Please consider this a draft until GWT 1.6 is officially released

  • Google Web Toolkit (GWT) makes it easier to write high-performance AJAX applications. You write your front end in the Java programming language and GWT compiles your source into highly optimized JavaScript.

Upgrading to GWT 1.6

There are four tasks involved when upgrading a GWT 1.5 project to a GWT 1.6 project:

  • Download the new JAR files and update your launch configurations.

  • GWTShell has been replaced by HostedMode, so you will need to update your Eclipse project settings accordingly.

  • GWT now uses a war directory for most public resource and server configuration files. The war directory is a standard directory recognized by many web servers, including GWT hosted mode.

  • Event listeners have been replaced by event handlers.

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How To Install Firebug In Browsers Other Than Firefox | MakeUseOf.com

Firebug is a web developer’s best friend. It is a Firefox add-on that makes it very easy to debug and develop web pages. It provides you with a way to inspect page elements and perform many other functions…

Firebug Lite makes it possible to put Firebug into any web browser! You should be able to use it with Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, Chrome, and any other browser that supports JavaScript. Firebug Lite is written in JavaScript, so you can include it on a webpage with the following code:

<script type='text/javascript'
     src='http://getfirebug.com/releases/lite/1.2/firebug-lite-compressed.js'></script>

Or even better you can use this bookmarklet:

Firebug Lite

via How To Install Firebug In Browsers Other Than Firefox | MakeUseOf.com.

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I use Firebug on a daily basis. This is great news, that the key function of Firebug is now available on Javascript-enabled browsers.

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Suggested reading and topics for future discussion

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Google I/O Developer Conference 2009 (May, San Francisco)

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Google IO Developer Conference 2009

Google IO Developer Conference 2009

May 27 – 28, 2009 Moscone Center, San Francisco

Early Bird Price (until 5/1) $300 USD
List Price (starting 5/2) $400 USD
Academia (Professor, Student, Faculty) $50 USD

For two days in May, thousands of web developers will come together to learn how to develop web applications with Google and open technologies. Learn from product experts about Android, App Engine, Chrome, Google Web Toolkit, AJAX APIs and more. Engage with a community of excited developers just like you.

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Note to self – need to add tutorial for “how-to” create custom Google maps as above.
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Install and License GWT Designer

Before this step, you should Install MyEclipse 7 and Install GWT.

Instatiations makes GWT Designer. It is a GUI builder that allows visual tools to generate Java code. GWT Designer does not need to be installed or used after the UI design phase. The term they use is “bi-directional code generation” meaning GWT Designer can dynamically incorporate code it hasn’t seen before, and generate new code based on your use of GWT Designer. In practice, GWT Designer lags behind the latest release of GWT, and its support for libraries such as Gwt-Ext or Gxt also lags behind. Even so, the reasonable cost of the license is enough to justify its use as an educational tool at least.

Subscription License

Single user

One-year subscription

$ 59

Two-year subscription

$ 99

Three-year subscription

$139

If you purchase more years at one time, you get a discounted price.

Perpetual License

Single user

License

$ 99

License with 1 year of upgrades & support *

$124

* If you renew your Support each year, you are entitled to technical support and all maintenance releases and major upgrades to GWT Designer. After the first year, annual support renewal costs 35% of the MSRP (currently $35).

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Install and License MyEclipse 7

Barriers to entry for software development have never been lower. Compare the cost of tools like MyEclipse with what was required to join Microsoft Developer Network or purchase Sun compilers. Thirty dollars a year vs. thousands.

MyEclipse :: Eclipse plugin development tools for Java, JSP, XML, Struts, HTML, CSS and EJB.

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With MyEclipse, there’s no capital investment, no vendor lock-in, and no risk. Priced at only $31.75 for the Standard Edition, $63.55 for the Professional Edition and $158.95 for the Blue Edition (price includes a 6% processing and handling fee), MyEclipse subscribers have full access to their MyEclipse tools, all feature releases, all updates, free online support, and tutorials for 12 months.

All-in-one download

For Windows: the MyEclipse All-in-One installer is bundled with Eclipse and JRE, and requires no other downloads to get up and running.

For Linux: the MyEclipse All-in-One installer is bundled with Eclipse and JRE, and requires no other downloads to get up and running.

For Mac: the MyEclipse All-in-One installer is bundled with Eclipse and JRE, and requires no other downloads to get up and running.

One of the many improvements in MyEclipse 7 is “Help → Add/Remove Software”

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