Source code for GPE tools, including GWT designer becomes available

Google Plugin for Eclipse now open source

Chris Mayer

Large Eclipse ecosystem mainly reason for community drive

In a monumental announcement, the Google team behind the
Eclipse plugin have
that the entire GPE (including the popular GWT
Designer) has been made open source under the Eclipse Public
v1.0, meaning that Eclipse fanatics can design,
build, optimise and deploy Google-based cloud applications.

The team cited the ‘large ecosystem around GWT, Speed Tracer,
App Engine and Google Cloud services’ as one of the main reason
behind the move. Eric Clayberg said:

Our primary mission is to help users (as opposed to creating
proprietary development tools), it makes a lot of sense for us to
open source GPE and make it easier for the community
to enhance and extend the tools

The open gesture by Google is certainly a welcoming one,
allowing developers to certainly shape the tools behind GPE and
kudos to Google for finally acknowledging the worth of the Eclipse
community. Through collaboration, bugs will exterminated quickly
and quality should improve overall.

JBoss, who already have GWT integration, provided their initally
positive thoughts on the move, as JBoss developer
Max Rydahl Anderson
 blogged -

We have many developers using Google’s Eclipse plugin to develop
GWT-based applications targeting the JBoss Application
Server. With the open sourcing of the plugin we are looking
forward to working even more closely with the Google team and the
rest of the community on making the developer experience even more
productive and an integrated part of Eclipse platform. 

We are especially interested in seeing the Google Eclipse
plugins being able to target multiple runtimes such as the JBoss
Enterprise Application Platform and Google App Engine in a uniform
way, working more seamlessly with standards-based tools and

The move should also help those using Tomcat, Glassfish and
JBoss AS who all include Eclipse compatibility within their
servers. By finally breaking wall down between Eclipse and Google,
the benefits should automatically be reaped.

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