If you develop web applications and haven't looked at Google Web Toolkit (GWT), this would be a great time to do it. The product is now out of beta, and the latest version (1.4) adds a ton of new features and performance enhancements.
Maintaining a complex Ajax application over time without GWT is a major challenge, says Johnson. "If you are currently working on an ambitious Ajax project and haven't yet come to this conclusion, please re-read this post in six months when you're further along!"
GWT, which has been downloaded over a million times so far, has attracted the interest of numerous developers and writers. The Google Web Toolkit discussion group has nearly 10,000 members and over 35,000 posts. gwtpowered.org lists over 160 articles, widgets, and other resources for GWT developers (BTW, I'm looking for someone to take over that site because I'm having trouble giving it the time that it deserves).
- GWT Designer for Eclipse (commercial)
- Cypal Studio for GWT (formerly Googlipse)
- GWT Tooling for Eclipse (from Gunnar)
- GWT Studio for IDEA
- GWT Support Plug-in for NetBeans