Alan Cooke (member of the Redbooks team) just pinged me on Sametime and pointed me to a greate piece of news. As you might remember Google acquired Instantiations a while back. Instantiations developed a couple of developer tools for GUI building, code analysis and UI testing. Today all our prayers had been heard and Google is making all the tools from Instantiations free!!!. How sweet is that?!
The article referenced above describes the different tools and screenshots.
The reason this is important to you as a Lotus guy or gal is that WindowBuilder Pro for SWT makes it very easy to quickly mock up or build the GUI for your SWT based plugins. You simply drag’n’drop components onto the screen to build the UI. Think of the XPages UI but for SWT components. Very nice.
So how do you get the tools? Simply head over to the respective Google page to learn more and/or install. The direct links are:
Did I mention that all the tools are now free?!?
Once you go the tool page you’ll see a link to the “Download” page in the menu on the left. The page has links to update sites for easy installation. The tools work with Eclipse 3.4, 3.5 and 3.6.
P.S.: There is also a GWT designer tool (Google Web Toolkit) available (tool page is here). The tool is very nice if you develop GWT applications.
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saw this last night. Awesome news, eh? You beat me to the announcement punch 😦
Wow! Good catch. I saw the GWT Designer announcement yesterday, but didn’t realize that there was an SWT component as well. Downloading now!
Awsome news! I have used the "old" WindowBuilder Pro and thats was by far the best GUI builder tool for eclipse I have ever tried.
I must admit that I haven’t tried that many but this one is great. 🙂
All of us ex-Instantiations folks are equally thrilled to have our products out there and available to a much wider audience. They have been and will continue to be a labor of love for us, and we are excited to take them all to the next level. Google is a great home for all of our tools. If you have any questions or feature requests, check out our products forums here… http://forums.instantiations.com
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