“Developers are impatient because their users are impatient,” says Dave Glazer, Google’s director of engineering. “We allâ€”when using and building softwareâ€”just want to get things done. The theme of GWT 2.0 is building faster apps and running them faster.”
This version comes with various improvements and features (including a Speed Tracer tool), plus a new way of creating UIs. Using GWT, developers can quickly develop and debug AJAX applications in Java using the Java development tools of their choice. Essentially, Google’s GWT 2.0 is now the only serious competitor to Adobe Flex.
An overview video highlighting some of the new features in GWT 2.0:
A prominent feature in the latest GWT release is the Speed Tracer, a performance profiler that works with the Google Chrome Web browser. Speed Tracer is not tied to GWT applications; it can be used to profile and analyze the performance of any Web apps.
Here’s a quick introductory video to see the Speed Tracer in action:
Web apps are at the core of Google’s online strategy. Consequently, it’s not surprising that Google is focusing on helping both itself and also the wider developer community to build better Web applications.