Ray Cromwell, the technical lead, announced at Google I/O that once GWT 2.5 is released, the Google Web Toolkit is going to be released as an open source project. Google is going to relinquish control to a committee which will decide the direction of this tool.Cromwell is going to be the committee chairperson along with folks from some well known companies such as Sencha, Red Hat, and Vaadin. Other individuals include well known advocates such as Daniel Kurka, Christian Goudreau, and Thomas Broyer.
What is this going to do for the GWT community? Great question. Apparently, the group has already decided to change code repositories from Subversion to Git and to change the development effort slightly by creating two major code branches: a bleeding edge and more mature beta branch. I for one am excited about being able to try out the latest and greatest they have to offer!
When is this going to happen? From what Cromwell said, the major move is happening after GWT 2.5 comes out which is rumored to be around the first of August.
Are you concerned about this radical move from Google? Many people are, but I would remind you back when IBM did the same thing with their Eclipse product. It was a good tool before they opened it up, but once they did it became the leading tool in the market place.
What do you think about this move? I’d love to hear your comments.