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Vaadin Directory is Now Open

Joonas Lehtinen
1 decade ago Mar 30, 2010 12:27pm

Vaadin Directory is now open. Your are welcome to browse, download and try number add-ons that can make you Vaadin-based applications even better!

Vaadin Directory is all about add-ons to Vaadin Framework. Most notably the add-ons are additional user interface components, but you'll also find themes, data integration components, tools and other helpers to Vaadin developers. Today, there are already 95 downloadable add-ons in Vaadin Directory - and this is just the beginning.

The key idea has been to make it as simple as possible to extend Vaadin Framework; To package and distribute those extensions as add-ons and especially to make it very simple for the developers to use add-ons. In most cases you just download and drop an add-on jar package in your project and it just works. No other framework bundles both the client-side and the server-side parts of add-on components in such an easy package.

Anyone can create and publish new add-ons easily. For Eclipse users there is even a handy wizard for making the process automatic. You are free to release your add-on with any of the most used Open Source licenses. In addition to that - if you want to - you can also set a (per developer) price for your add-ons and and start selling them. When there is even a mention of money in a context of free open source developer tool, it always raises questions and doubt. If you have any, please ask. I try to answer the questions at the forums.

And one more thing. We all wish that there will be several hundreds of add-ons by the end of the year. As a thank the future add-on developers who share their creations with the rest of the community,we will give away a number of different gadgets to the best add-ons during the year. First, there will be some free iPads for the best add-ons added to the directory before June. More info will be added after Easter to Vaadin Blog. So ladies and gentlemen, start you IDEs!

Happy Easter and happy experimenting with the new add-ons! Welcome to Vaadin Directory - come and see what the Easter bunny has hidden into http://vaadin.com/directory.

Joonas Lehtinen

Last updated on Mar, 30th 2010
Artem Medeu
1 decade ago Mar 30, 2010 1:04pm
Nachiket Patel
1 decade ago Mar 30, 2010 1:32pm
Dmitri Livotov
1 decade ago Mar 30, 2010 3:19pm
André Schild
1 decade ago Mar 30, 2010 3:55pm
Joonas Lehtinen
1 decade ago Mar 30, 2010 5:30pm
Thomas Pitrou
1 decade ago Mar 30, 2010 6:03pm
Jens Jansson
1 decade ago Mar 31, 2010 5:59am
André Schild
1 decade ago Mar 31, 2010 6:36am
Charles Anthony
1 decade ago Mar 31, 2010 7:27am
Dmitri Livotov
1 decade ago Mar 31, 2010 8:12am
Joonas Lehtinen
1 decade ago Mar 31, 2010 8:44am
Henri Sara
1 decade ago Mar 31, 2010 9:51am

Joonas Lehtinen: If there is anyone who has created IntelliJ plugins before, please step up. Contributions to this would be more than welcome as there are no-one in Vaadin R&D who uses IntelliJ and thus #4420 will probably stay in the backlog for a long time... As the eclipse plugin sources are not too large, cut-n-pasting widget-set building related thing from there to an IntelliJ plugin might be smaller task than it looks - If one is familiar with IntelliJ plugins already.

It should be noted that a lot of the Eclipse plugin code is also related to handling old versions (since IT Mill Toolkit 5.3, before Vaadin) and to non-essential features, as well as automatically updating various files when doing refactorings etc.

If the aim is simply to support easy addition of add-ons to a project and widgetset compilation with the latest Vaadin version, the plugin is likely to be very simple and useful.

Additional features could include configuring a GWT 2.0 development mode "launch" (in Eclipse terminology), creation of e.g. new Vaadin projects from a templates and downloading of new Vaadin (and GWT) versions.

If you do start implementing such a plugin, feel free to contact me for advice on Vaadin related topics and on how the Eclipse plugin works. The same applies to people developing the NetBeans plugin (which currently does not do much) further.

Marko Grönroos
1 decade ago Mar 31, 2010 12:15pm
Syam Pillai
1 decade ago Mar 31, 2010 8:49pm