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Today a new beta is available from our download and update sites!

jbosstools bower
Remember that since Beta1 we require Java 8 for installing and using of JBoss Tools. We still support developing and running applications using older Java runtimes. See more in Beta1 blog.

Installation

JBoss Developer Studio comes with everything pre-bundled in its installer. Simply download it from our JBoss Products page and run it like this:

java -jar jboss-devstudio-<installername>.jar

JBoss Tools or Bring-Your-Own-Eclipse (BYOE) JBoss Developer Studio require a bit more:

This release requires at least Eclipse 4.5 (Mars) but we recommend using the Eclipse 4.5 Mars JEE Bundle since then you get most of the dependencies preinstalled.

Once you have installed Eclipse, you can either find us on the Eclipse Marketplace under "JBoss Tools" or "JBoss Developer Studio".

We are now using Eclipse Marketplace feature of having just one market place entry for all old versions.

For JBoss Tools, you can also use our update site directly if you are up for it.

http://download.jboss.org/jbosstools/mars/development/updates

Note: Integration Stack tooling will become available from JBoss Central at a later date.

What is new ?

Full info is at this page. Some highlights are below.

Bower

We’ve added support for easy setup and invocation of Bower using your locally installed bower command line tool on Windows, OS X and Linux.

We provide a Bower Init wizard for getting started.

bower-init-wizard-page

Once your project has a bower.json file you can now easily run bower update by right-clicking on the file and selecting Run ▸ As…​ ▸ Bower Update.

We are working on contributing this and additional Javascript integration to Eclipse JSDT. We will keep you posted!

OpenShift v3

We continue to work on improving OpenShift v3 tooling and this release has a few new features and important bug fixes but overall OpenShift v3 tooling is still in very early stages.

Manage your OpenShift v3 Projects

You can now create and delete OpenShift v3 projects.

manage-projects

manage-projects-wizard

If you try to create a new application, but you have no project yet, the tools will prompt you to create one first. Once you are done you can always get back and manage your OpenShift projects via a link in the application wizard.

Manually Trigger Builds

You can manually trigger builds when selecting your Build Configs in the OpenShift Explorer.

start-build

Once you triggered you should see a new build appear in the Builds category in the OpenShift Explorer. You can see its state next to its name or in the Properties view. Refreshing the Explorer will show you when the build completes.

Port Forwarding

Assuming that your application exposes ports you can now forward those to your local machine with JBoss Tools 4.3.0.Beta2.

port-forwarding-wizard

More details of new OpenShift v3 features are at Whats New.

Java EE Batch Tooling

The batch tooling now has hyperlink support for @BatchProperty to navigate between classes and their relevant job .xml files.

openon

There are more news at Whats New.

Exploded nested jars

In WildFly 8.2 there is now support for hotloading resources from exploded jars inside deployments, i.e. a jar inside your WEB-INF/libs.

This allows you to have faster reload times for module web applications using resources from nested jars.

Thanks to patch from Vsevolod Golovanov we now support this when you are using our server tools. Thanks Vsevolod!

Deploy Hybrid project to FeedHenry

You can now take a hybrid mobile project created with Thym and deploy it to a FeedHenry cloud.

NewApplicationWiz

Enjoy!

Alexey Kazakov

In this article I’m happy to introduce brand new JBoss Bower Tools:

Bower JBoss Tools

Bower is a front-end package manager which works by fetching and installing frameworks, libraries, assets. It offers a generic, unopinionated solution to the problem of front-end package management, while exposing the package dependency model via an API that can be consumed by a more opinionated build stack. Bower provides declarative dependency management (dependencies are declared and tracked in a manifest file, bower.json).

Pre-Requirements

JBoss Bower Tools fall back on native Node.js and Bower calls. Hence, the following software must be pre-installed:

  • Node.js

  • npm

  • Bower

Installation instructions for Node.js and npm can be found here. Bower is a command line utility which is installed via npm command npm install -g bower

Quick Start Guide

For now only init and update commands of Bower API are supported. In order to initialize Bower one need to select File → New…​ → Other…​ and choose "Bower Init" wizard:

Bower Init wizard

This wizard helps to create bower.json file depending on set of preferences:

Bower Init wizard page

After pressing "Finish" button bower.json will be created under specified directory:

Default bower.json

In order to add new dependencies one need to specify them in bower.json:

Bower dependencies

For updating dependencies user should right-click on the bower.jsonRun As…​Bower Update

In most cases Bower and Node.js will be detected in the system automatically. However, if the detection failed warn dialog will be shown for specifying location in preferences:
Bower preferences

"Bower Update" launch shortcut makes a native call which will install required packages or update them to the newest version according to bower.json:

Bower Update launch

Specified packages will be created under bower_components folder after "Bower Update" execution:

Bower components

Basically, that is all - one can now use those packages for future front-end development.

Demo

Here is a short demo video which describes a basic use case of JBoss Bower Tools:

How to give it a go ?

Bower support will be available in 4.3.0.Beta2 release and above. You can also use our nightly update site in order to try Bower Tools (JBoss Tools JavaScript Tools category) before the official release:

Bower dependencies

Conclusion

We are trying our best to make our tools as good as possible. User feedback is what we are seeking for now. We look forward to hearing your comments, remarks and proposals.
Have fun!

Ilya Buziuk
@ilyabuziuk

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