Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

GWT 1.4: Size, Speed, Deployment, and more…

Category: Announcements, Google, GWT

With the Google Developer Day here, we are seeing a lot of interesting news from Google (If I may say so myself).

We just saw that GWT 1.4 RC has been released, and it is a big deal for the GWT community.

With version 1.3 we saw the fully open source migration of the framework. With 1.4 we see “undoubtedly the biggest GWT release yet. In addition to 150+ bugfixes, GWT 1.4 RC includes a ton of new features, improvements and optimizations.”

There are a huge amount of changes, but some highlights:

  • Size and Speed Optimizations: The compiler keeps getting better, startup is quick, and more
  • Deployment Enhancements: Modularized RPC, Simple module inclusion, and more
  • Widget and Library Enhancements: A bunch of very rich widgets have been added to the toolkit
  • ImageBundle: “the single biggest have-to-see-it-to-believe-it feature of GWT 1.4 RC. Image bundles make it trivially easy to combine dozens of images into a single “image strip”, collapsing what would have been dozens of HTTP requests into one: a single, permanently-cacheable image file.”

The GWT team is particularly excited because this release has been developed with major participation from the ever growing list of open source contributors. Apart from the G in the name, this isn’t a Google only beast anymore.

If the GWT module is your bag, check out the release.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:03 am
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