The GWT Plugin has a very important role on keeping GWT alive and getting new developers to quick and easily start developing on it.
Having developed in GWT in several projects, but also having to use other alternative technologies in several other projects, it is important for me to push for it. I truly find GWT better, easier and more powerful than other alternatives. However, it is hard to convince other developers in a team to try it and see for themselves the benefits of GWT, mainly because it is not that popular and one needs to try it.
The easiness of creating a new GWT application with sample code (with Ant, or with Maven - great job on that!), including a simple client-server, testing and UI examples (for now UiBinder) is the key to get GWT further. No matter how different GWT will be in this new version (e.g. will UiBinder and GWT-RPC be something different?), if the Eclipse GWT Plugin shows all its benefits with a couple of clicks, then developers will actually try it out - hopefully newcomers too! Short but complete documentation, examples and tutorials are also essential. That is actually more important for the future of GWT than the technical details behind it.
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