Testing Sanity

The core task of software development is sanity testing.

  • warning: Parameter 2 to gmap_gmap() expected to be a reference, value given in /home2/thepalls/public_html/cgpsoftware/includes/module.inc on line 483.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home2/thepalls/public_html/cgpsoftware/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.

GWT Installation Experience

07 Sep 2011
Posted by cgp

I would like to document my experience installing and using GWT. Very quick background: I used GWT way back in 2007. I even reported a bug that I didn't follow up on Sad.

I'm using Eclipse 3.6. I first tried using the update site but it timed out on the spectacular number of .jar files that it tried to pull down. (after a solid two hours of downloading) Typical of Eclipse and java, seemingly uncomplicated simple things (downloading a set of files) is difficult and error prone.

I recommend using the "download method"for installation which comes in at a hefty 160mb zip file. (but the single file downloads in a browser in less than a couple minutes for those of you with decent connections)

Installation from the zip files seems like a breeze, but the designer fails to show. I'm able to do some things like kick off the "Google Development Mode" server. For a Eclipse noob like me, it's not clear why the designer fails to show. The FAQ provides a hint:

The most important piece missing from some Eclipse distributions is the Eclipse PDE (Plug-in Development Environment). You can correct this problem by launching Eclipse and selecting Help > Software Updates. Select The Eclipse Project updates from the list of sites and select the "Eclipse Plug-in Development Environment" to install.

So, why then isn't it one of the checked requirements? I found a description of how to install PDE but don't have any more time to check this out. (much time wasted in the original two attempts to install from the Eclipse Update site)