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The JBoss Fuse Tooling has been reworked to provide a brighter Look’n’feel and a nice looking automatic layout. The work is still in progress but already available in beta version with the new JBoss Tool Studio version. Please install the JBoss Tools Studio that you can download from here. And then follow the steps in this screenshot to have access to JBoss Fuse Tooling 8.0 Beta 2.

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Ok, now let’s see what’s new from a Diagram point view!

New layout and Look’n’Feel

It provides modern colors. Some of them are dynamic depending on the consumer/producer role.

The new default layout is vertical - the horizontal is still available from Preferences - providing more information in a more compact way.

Icons for each component are currently created. It helps to distinguish at first sight which kind of component it is without having to read the scheme of the URI.

An image is worth a thousands words, especially here, so have a look:

FuseNewLayoutAndLookNFeel

Multiple routes support

Previously, the editor was supporting editing a single route per Camel file. It is now possible to develop several Camel routes in the same file with the JBoss Fuse Tooling.

Palette simplification

The Palette has been reworked too. The component list has been shortened to present the most common components only. You can use a search field to filter on the remaining ones. All the other components are still available using the "Generic" tool palette, it opens a dialog where you will be able to search for a specific component and have default filters/presentations.

PaletteHighlighted componentChoose

If you feel that the component list of the palette must be configurable, you can vote on the corresponding feature request.

Validation decorator

The Fuse Validation issues are now displayed on the diagram:

validationDiagram

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Since JBoss Tools 4.3.0 we require Java 8 for the installation and use of all JBoss Tools, including the Integration Stack tooling. We still support developing and running applications using older Java runtimes. See more in Beta1 blog.

JBoss Tools Integration Stack 4.3.0.Final / JBoss Developer Studio Integration Stack 9.0.0.GA

What’s an Integration Stack?

The Integration Stack for JBoss Developer Studio is a set of features and plugins for Eclipse that further enhances the IDE development functionality provided by JBoss Developer Studio in support of the following frameworks:

JBoss Fuse Development

  • Fuse Tooling - JBoss Fuse Development provides tooling for Red Hat JBoss Fuse, specifically for integrating and developing software components that work with Apache ServiceMix, ActiveMQ and Camel. It features the latest versions of the Fuse Data Transformation tooling, SwitchYard and access to the Fuse SAP Tool Suite.

  • SwitchYard - A lightweight service delivery framework providing full lifecycle support for developing, deploying, and managing service-oriented applications.

JBoss Business Process and Rules Development

JBoss Business Process and Rules Development plug-ins provide design, debug and testing tooling for developing business processes for Red Hat JBoss BRMS and Red Hat JBoss BPM Suite.

  • BPEL Designer - Orchestrating your business processes.

  • BPMN2 Modeler - A graphical modeling tool which allows creation and editing of Business Process Modeling Notation diagrams using graphiti.

  • Drools - A Business Logic integration Platform which provides a unified and integrated platform for Rules, Workflow and Event Processing including KIE.

  • jBPM6 - A flexible Business Process Management (BPM) suite.

JBoss Data Virtualization Development

JBoss Data Virtualization Development plug-ins provide a graphical interface to manage various aspects of Red Hat JBoss Data Virtualization instances, including the ability to design virtual databases and interact with associated governance repositories.

  • Modeshape - A distributed, hierarchical, transactional and consistent data store with support for queries, full-text search, events, versioning, references, and flexible and dynamic schemas. It is very fast, highly available, extremely scalable, and it is 100% open source.

  • Teiid Designer - A visual tool that enables rapid, model-driven definition, integration, management and testing of data services without programming using the Teiid runtime framework.

JBoss Integration and SOA Development

JBoss Integration and SOA Development plug-ins provide tooling for developing, configuring and deploying BRMS, SwitchYard and Fuse applications to Red Hat JBoss Fuse Service Works, Red Hat JBoss Fuse and Fuse Fabric containers, Apache ServiceMix, and Apache Karaf instances.

  • All of the Business Process and Rules Development plugins, plus…​

  • Fuse Apache Camel Tooling - A graphical tool for integrating software components that works with Apache ServiceMix, Apache ActiveMQ, Apache Camel and the FuseSource distributions.

  • SwitchYard - A lightweight service delivery framework providing full lifecycle support for developing, deploying, and managing service-oriented applications.

SOA 5.x Development

*Please note that the plugins in this category have been deprecated.

  • JBoss ESB - An enterprise service bus for connecting enterprise applications and services.

  • jBPM3 - A flexible Business Process Management (BPM) Suite - JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform 5.3.x compatible version.

All of these components have been verified to work with the same dependencies as JBoss Tools 4.3 and Developer Studio 9.

What’s Been Updated for this release?

This is the first Mars-based release so almost everything! Specifically Business Process tooling is now released. In addition, Early Access updates have been made to the Fuse Tooling and Data Virtualization product groups. See the Integration Stack 9.0.0.GA Release Notes for more details.

Released Tooling Highlights

JBoss Business Process and Rules Development

BPMN2 Modeler Highlights
Drools/jBPM6 Highlights

SOA 5.x Development

JBoss ESB, jBPM3 and guvnor. These tools have been deprecated.

Early Access Tooling Highlights

JBoss Fuse Development Highlights

Fuse Tooling Highlights
  • Including Data Transformation, SAP and SwitchYard

  • Notice the revamped Camel route editor!

SwitchYard Highlights

Data Virtualization Highlights

Teiid Designer Highlights

The JBoss Tools website features tab

Don’t miss the Features tab for up to date information on your favorite Integration Stack components.

Installation

The easiest way to install the Integration Stack components is to first install JBoss Tools 4.3.1 or JBoss Developer Studio 9.1.0 and then select the Software/Update tab in the JBoss Central view. Select the 'Enable Early Access' checkbox.

For a complete set of Integration Stack installation instructions, see Integration Stack Installation Instructions

Try it out!

Paul Leacu.

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