Google Plugin for Eclipse and GWT 2.2 are now available with several new features. These new features make it even easier to build best in breed web apps using Java-based tools and Eclipse. And while these apps can be run on any platform, Google Plugin for Eclipse makes it very easy to deploy, and run, on Google App Engine.
First, Google Plugin for Eclipse 2.2 directly integrates GWT Designer, a powerful WYSIWYG Ajax user interface (UI) designer that makes it much easier to quickly build UIs.
Second, developers can take advantage of the modern web with the first round of HTML5 support within the GWT SDK, such as the Canvas element, which allows for dynamic, scriptable rendering of 2D shapes and bitmap images, and the embedding of Audio/Video tags.
Below is a demo that one of the GWT team members, Philip Rogers, put together to showcase the new Canvas support in the GWT SDK.
You can find the code for this demo here.
Additionally, GWT&rsquos CellTable widget now offers new functionality, such as default column sorting and the ability to set column widths.
If you would like to see these updates in action, checkout out the CellTable example with the GWT Showcase app.
GWT version 2.2 will only have deprecated support for Java 1.5, resulting in warnings when building applications. While Java 1.5 will still work for this release of GWT, developers should upgrade their version of Java to correct these warnings and ensure compatibility with future versions of GWT.
Instructions for installing this new release of the Google Plugin for Eclipse and GWT SDK can be found here: Getting Started with Google Plugin for Eclipse.
If you're simply looking for the GWT 2.2 SDK, you can find it here: GWT SDK Download.