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GWT Studio plugin for IntelliJ IDEA


What is GWT Studio?

GWT Studio plugin for IntelliJ IDEA simplifies development of Web applications using Google Web Toolkit.

GWT Studio provides the following features:

  • actions to create different elements of GWT application
  • GWT specific inspections and quick fixes
  • integration with GWT compiler
  • specific run configuration for starting and debugging GWT applications from IntelliJ IDEA
  • basic refactorings
  • GWT native methods support: advanced coding assistance including syntax highlighting, code completion, etc. for editing JavaScript embedded into native GWT methods (see description of IntelliJ IDEA JavaScript editor)

GWT Studio roadmap for version 1.0 includes:

  • integration with HTML editor to support completion and validation of references to GWT resources (e.g. modules) from HTML files.
  • much more inspections, quick-fixes and intention actions
  • check for supported JDK subset
  • Visual Designer (low priority task)

Current version of GWT Studio is 0.1.4 It is included EAP builds of IntelliJ IDEA 6.0 (Demetra) starting from build #5333.

GWT Studio is still on the early research stage but most probably, it will become core function of IntelliJ IDEA 6.0 (Demetra).


Actions are used to generate GWT elements such as entry points, remote services, etc. Each action suggests to configure GWT support if necessary and adds GWT libraries into module classpath.

New GWT Module

Creates GWT application template inluding:

  • directories
    • client
    • server
    • public
  • .gwt.xml module file
  • EntryPoint class
  • .html page
  • .css file

New GWT Entry Point

Creates GWT entry point template and performs the following operations:

  • generates a class derived from EntryPoint
  • adds a necessary <entry-point> element to the .gwt.xml module file

New GWT RemoteService

Creates GWT remote service template and performs the following operations:

  • generates an interface derived from RemoteService
  • creates an async version of  the interface
  • creates RemoteServiceServlet implementing the interface
  • adds necessary <servlet> element to the .gwt.xml module file

New GWT Serializable Class

Creates new class derived from IsSerializable with no-argument constructor

New GWT Sample Application

Creates sample application which send a text message to the server and display the responce. It can be used as simple starting point.

 Inspections with quick-fixes

RemoteService-derived interface is not synchronized with its async version

Async version of RemoteService-derived interface is not synchronized with original interface

Parameter or return type of method in RemoteService-derived interface is not IsSerializable

Style name used as parameter of .addStyleName or .setStyleName is not presented in CSS file


Special Run/Debug configuration of GWT application

GWT compiler used during IntelliJ IDEA "make"

More information

To obtain GWT Studio, use built-in Plugin Manager or visit IntelliJ IDEA plugin repository

To obtain EAP builds of  IntelliJ IDEA 6.0 (Demetra), visit IntelliJ IDEA EAP

To report bug or request feature, visit Demetra EAP Plugins forum 

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