First Step with GWT

Why GWT?

  • Compiles to JavaScript and uses Ajax to get only the needed fragments thus cutting the network load
  • Developer uses Java
  • Developer uses mature IDE tools
  • GWT compiler optimizes the Javascript

This post will function as a quick reference on installation and main resources for beginning with GWT.


  • Install Java JDK (Set JAVA_HOME to the root and add the "bin" directory to the Path)
  • Install Ant (Set ANT_HOME to the root and add the "bin" directory to the Path)
  • Download and "install" Eclipse
  • Start Eclipse, then install the Google plugin, google's update site contains several plugins, for regular GWT development install the following: Google plugin for eclipse (For Google App Engine), GWT designer for GPE (Drag & drop designer), GAE & GWT SDKs

That's it, you have set your GWT development environment from scratch.

First steps Resources

Official google IO GWT presentations

Misc Resources

Official GWT Site

Good resource for GWT references

GWTP - Architecture suggested by Google, which simplifies GWT development, and brings the developer to a new level of GWT creation.


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