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17 September 2010, 13:00

Google relaunches Instantiations tools free-of-charge

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Following the announcement in early August that Google had taken over US software vendor Instantiations Eclipse-based Java and AJAX development and performance analysis tools, it was expected that Google would shortly make a statement about the future of these tools.

About six weeks later, some sign of life relating to the product take-over has appeared on the GWT (Google Web Toolkit) developer blog. According to the blog, the GWT Designer, CodePro AnalytiX, WindowBuilder Pro and WindowTester Pro products are to be made available free-of-charge to developers as new Google Code projects.

As a next step, Google says it plans to integrate the tools more tightly into the GWT portfolio. This will apparently include adapting the tools for the Google Plug-in for Eclipse (GPE). Other Instantiations products also taken over by Google continue to be available to customers with existing support and maintenance contracts. Although Google releases many of its projects as open source, this is not the case with the free products now released by the company.

GWT Designer is a tool which integrates into Eclipse and allows developers to speed up the creation of GWT programs. WindowBuilder Pro enables programmers to write Java GUI programs based on Swing, SWT (Standard Widget Toolkit), GWT, RCP (Rich Client Platform) and XWT (XML Windowing Toolkit). CodePro AnalytiX helps detect security issues at an early stage in the development process and allows developers to improve the quality of their Java code. WindowTester Pro is an Eclipse-based GUI testing tool which speeds up the testing of rich client applications written in Swing or SWT by automatically generating and recording tests.

Talking to The H's associates at heise Developer, Google's product manager for developer tools, Brad Abrams, said that his company is very impressed with the Instantiations team and their technologies. Abrams added that the take-over significantly improves Google's portfolio in terms of developer tools.

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