Thursday, May 29th, 2008
GWT 1.5 has a new release candidate. The 1.5 release is a big one, especially as it includes Java 5 language support!
Since the previous release of GWT, we’ve seen a lot of really great applications that demonstrate what is possible when you are able to focus on the user and stop worrying so much about browser quirks and other Ajax obstacles. Inspired by what we have seen so far, we have continued to concentrate our efforts on enabling developers to use their existing tools to create web apps that users enjoy. GWT 1.5 takes this commitment even further with exciting new features and over 150 bug fixes. And, like all GWT releases, most of the benefits are just an upgrade-and-recompile away.
I have been playing with the 1.5 trunk for awhile, and it has been a pleasure. What other major features does it have?
New compiler optimizations increase performance
High-performance DOM API
Up until GWT 1.5, we’ve concentrated mostly on Widget-level APIs, and until the advent of overlay types (above), direct DOM programming wasn’t particularly convenient. GWT 1.5 goes beyond “convenient” and well into “elegant” with an entirely new DOM API that enables type-safe, low-level DOM programming that will be both comfortable to DOM experts and free of any runtime overhead.
Default visual themes
Several default visual themes are now available by default so that developers get an attractive UI out of the box and have a good starting point to create their own custom styles in CSS.
We have seen some great talks on GWT at Google I/O, which should show up online in the near future (I will get them posted as soon as I can). For now, give 1.5 a try.
Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:50 am