Google Web Toolkit - Version 2 Released
Google has just released the second version of its GWT (Google Web Toolkit), a rich web development platform. The new version comes with many improvements and features including the Speed Tracer tool and a new way of creating UIs declaratively.
The development procedure is similar to developing any Java application, and comes with the same benefits. For example you can debug your GWT Java application just like you would any other Java bytecode. You can step through code, editing it and seeing the changes instantly.
Version 2.0 of the toolkit brings many improvements for testing and coding.
In version 2.0 GWT application can directly be run on any browser using a plugin available for multiple browsers. The testing can even be done remotely, allowing for scenarios where the developer is running a Linux system and as such cannot test the code in IE. With this you have te opportunity to test your code on the browser it will run on, and use the development tools for the browser to debug it. In GWT 2.0 the same debugging session can also be connected to multiple browsers, allowing you to test it simultaneously on all the target browsers.
To further improve performance, you have a new Chrome extension "Speed Tracer" which provides you rich detailed information about your application’s performance. This also includes the rendering and layout times so that you can optimize those too.
Another feature to save time is ClientBundles. These allow you to bundle together resources into one download, thus saving round trips to the server.
If you are a web developer, you should definitely find out more about this amazing toolkit. Visit the GWT page at Google Code for more information, tutorials, and download of the Google Web Toolkit. You can also get the Google Speed tracer chrome extension here.