Last week, we organized our first hackathon ever. It was two days of real fun, focusing on the core of our business : our open source projects.
To help make it even more fun, we assigned team different colors. Each one could win points and leaders could “punish” other teams (mostly making bottom teams serve Mr. Freezes and beer to the other teams ;-)).
The two main focus of the developers were to release the 1.5 version of GWTP (which has been in the making for a few weeks) and to solidify and update the IntelliJ plugin.
Mission Accomplished! It’s time to unveil the latest creations from our team at Arcbees and our many external contributors.
One feature of this release is simplified boilerplate for nested presenters. We don’t need the @ContentSlot annotation anymore. It is now replaced by a NestedSlot type. The @ContentSlot still works but is now deprecated. You can read more about this new slot mechanism on our developer portal.
We also added name token configuration to the DefaultModule builder. As always, we also improved our Rest-Dispatch to be even more useful to our users.
For those of you that were using the IntelliJ plugin, there was a nasty bug that prevented the user from creating a project with the newest archetype and the newest version of IntelliJ. So, it was the first thing we worked on during the first day of the hackathon.
Next, we improved the user experience of the Create Presenter dialog to make it simpler and to make it more clear to describe what is going on.
You can download the last version on the JetBrains plugin repository.
Also, if you prefer to use Maven alone, we just released a short video on how to start a new GWTP project (french version here). Fundamentally, it is the same process the plugin uses when creating a new project : executing the Maven instruction to generate the archetype from a Sonatype repository.
As you can see, the goal of this release is to simplify your GWTP experience as much as possible.
Thanks for your invaluable feedback. It helps us create products that are relevant in real use cases and that immensely simplify a developer’s daily work.
If you’re curious about where we are going with the next major version of GWTP, you can watch this presentation that Christian Goudreau gave at the last GWT.create. He was talking about how to improve your productivity with GWTP, but he gives a glimpse at the end of the talk about what lies ahead for GWTP.
Stay tuned for more to come and feel free to let me know how we can help you become more efficient with this framework.