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GWT Designer by Instantiations, Inc. Makes AJAX Development Easier

GWT Designer is Built on Eclipse Tool WindowBuilder Pro

Instantiations, Inc., provider of advanced software development solutions, announced the release of GWT Designer 1.0, a comprehensive tool for creating Ajax Web applications using the Google Web Toolkit (GWT). GWT Designer is built on WindowBuilder Pro, the company's market-leading Eclipse tool for creating Java graphical user- interface (GUIs) applications for Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh and other operating systems.

"By building on the WindowBuilder product framework, we were able to bring the first comprehensive, GWT development tool to market just four months after Google announced GWT," said Eric Clayberg, senior vice president of product development, Instantiations, Inc. "GWT Designer uses wizards, WYSIWYG builders and code generation to help developers rapidly create and test GUIs in Eclipse and Java before deploying them as Ajax applications."

Like WindowBuilder Pro, GWT Designer provides developers with a rich WYSIWYG GUI construction environment. Developers simply drag-and-drop composites, layouts and controls when building user interfaces. They can focus on creating and testing rich Internet applications using Eclipse, Java and GWT without worrying about the complexities of Ajax coding. In less time, they can develop reliable applications and test and deploy them as Ajax applications using the Java-to-JavaScript compiler provided by Google.

GWT Designer also contains many other features including:
-- True bi-directional code generation -- All changes made directly to the Java source code are reflected immediately in the graphical designer. And changes in the graphical designer are reflected immediately in the Java code. -- Real WYSIWYG design -- The design view shows real GWT/HTML controls so all properties are reflected graphically. -- Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) support -- GWT Designer can apply CSS to Design View, so you can see exactly how screens will look in the browser. -- Speeds up design processes -- Using acceleration technology for fast bytecode modification, GWT Designer opens a design in a couple seconds -- much faster than launching the application in the GWT Hosted Web Browser. -- Rich editing experience -- GWT Designer supports all panel types with convenient and appropriate layout edit policies. AbsolutePanels provide"Matisse-like" widget snapping and alignment. Graphically layout grids, flextables and tabpanels. -- Wizards and builders -- GWT Designer provides wizards for creating new PopupPanels, DialogBoxes and Composites. Wizards for creating new GWT projects and RemoteServices. -- GWT application launching -- GWT Application launch configuration includes a launch shortcut for fast launching using popup menu or editor hot key. -- Intelligent refactoring -- Renaming or moving a module class or remote service updates the module XML file and renames any associated Async and Impl classes. -- Internationalization -- Extract hard coded strings to resource bundles and automatically manage multiple locales. -- Easy build and deployment -- One-click deployment tool automatically creates a project WAR file and uploads it to your server. An ANT script is generated for an easy, repeatable build process.

"Several members of our GWT development team have participated in the beta test of GWT Designer and were impressed by its speed, WYSIWYG design and bi-directional code generation," said Bret Taylor, GWT product manager at Google. "GWT Designer is the kind of tool that will encourage greater adoption of GWT and reinforce Java as a viable programming model for creating Ajax applications that work in all browsers."

"I have worked with at a lot of Eclipse plugins and I have to say this is absolutely one of the best," said Ray Lukas, who is a software architect at Pilot Software and beta tested GWT Designer. "I have used Eclipse plugins for a number of different products and none of them are as good as GWT Designer. The team at Instantiations should be very proud of this product."

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