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RAP 1.5 M3 - New and Noteworthy

Here's a list of the most noteworthy things in the RAP 1.5 M3 milestone build which is available for download since November 11, 2011.

New Default Theme

RAP 1.5 is about to get a new default look. The new theme aims at bringing a modern, decent look into RAP applications with more white space and subtle usage of roundings, shadows and gradients. To achieve this, the themability of many RWT widgets has been extended by adding missing CSS properties. The new look is already part of M3, but we will continue to improve and polish the theme during the next months. Any feedback is highly welcome.

Improved Internet Explorer 9 Support

Internet Explorer 9 was a significant improvement over previous versions, finally catching up to other browsers regarding performance and compatibility. RAP can now fully utilize all its new features (HTML5, CSS3, SVG) by switching to standard rendering in IE9 (as opposed to quirksmode used for previous IE versions). This gives RAP applications a noticable performance-boost in IE9, especially when using GC for drawing complex graphs.

As technology marches on, we also decided to no longer officially support IE6 in RAP 1.5. RAP 1.4 will continue to support it.

Simplified RWT Startup

The way to start standalone RWT applications has been changed. The former init parameters have been replaced by an API that allows you to configure all aspects of the application to be started. This web.xml fragment and code snippet shows how starting an RWT application now looks like:

public class ExampleConfigurator implements ApplicationConfigurator {
  public void configure( ApplicationConfiguration configuration ) {
    configuration.addEntryPoint( "default", ExampleEntryPoint.class );
    configuration.addBranding( new ExampleBranding() );
    // ...

The RWTServletContextListener needs to be registered so that RWT is notified when the servlet context is created. The remaining init parameter is used to specify a configurator, an implementation of ApplicationConfigurator. This class is created and its configure method is called before the application starts. With the given ApplicationConfiguration object you can control all aspects of the application.

Please read this FAQ entry for more details. We will integrate this information into the developer documentation before the 1.5 release.

New Client/Server Protocol

In this milestone, we switched some more widgets to the new client/server protocol like Tree, TabFolder, Browser and ToolBar.

We're planning to complete this conversion before the end of this year. As the protocol stabilizes, we'll update the specification on the RAP Protocol wiki page.


This list shows all bugs that have been fixed for this milestone build.

Previous Builds

The above features are just the ones that are new since the last milestone build. Summaries for earlier builds: