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JBoss Tools 4.3 and Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio 9 for Eclipse Mars are now generally available!

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Java 8 is required for installing and using 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 latest Eclipse 4.5.1 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 "Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio".

For JBoss Tools, you can also use our update site directly.

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

What is new ?

There are many new features and improvements. The full list of what is new you can find on this page. Hundreds of bugs have been fixed on JBoss Tools side but we also continue to work on making Eclipse better and contribute to many Eclipse projects: Web Tools, Docker, Maven Integration, JavaScript, Hybrid Mobile Tools and many others.

Let me highlight just a few major features in JBoss Tools 4.3 and JBoss Developer Studio 9.

OpenShift 3

There is a new tooling available to help you with OpenShift 3 application development.

new connection wizard

OpenShift 3 tooling is provided as a TechPreview feature, available from the JBoss Central Software/Updates page. We are working on improving OpenShift 3 tooling and it will be included in JBoss Developer Studio by default as a Supported feature in the upcoming months.

Docker

Tooling for Docker is available in Eclipse Mars under the Linux tools umbrella. Despite this name, this works on all major developer platforms. It is mirrored on JBoss Tools update site and is also included in Developer Studio 9.

docker explorer view

Batch

Java EE 7 Batch Tools include an advanced Job XML editor, wizards, validation, navigation, and other features.

diagram

Where is integration stack tooling?

The integration stack covers the tooling for Fuse, Drools, jBPM, SwitchYard, JBoss ESB etc.

They are available as "Early access" in JBoss Tools under JBoss Central Software/Update page.

In the near future it is planned to also show up in JBoss Developer Studio and eventually be available as fully supported.

What is Next

Having JBoss Tools 4.3 and JBoss Developer Studio 9 out we are already working on the next maintenance release for Eclipse Mars. We are also working on Eclipse Neon adoption.

Enjoy!

Alexey Kazakov

As Eclipse Mars.1 is landed a few weeks ago, let’s take a look at the main new features that we`ve worked on since our first release in June.

Improved Docker Explorer View

We’ve added icon decorators on the containers to show their state. This makes it clearer if a container is running, paused or stopped.

Improved Docker Explorer View

New Dialog to Search and Pull Images

We’ve worked on the workflow to pull and search images from Docker Hub. The updated 'Pull Image' wizard can be launched from the 'Docker Images' view or from the 'Docker Explorer' view (a new context menu entry is available on the connection node and on the 'Images' node)

Pull Image Wizard

The wizard detects the tag in the image name and if none is specified, the image tagged latest will be pulled.

If the user needs to search a specific image name, she can click on the 'Search…​' button which will open the 'Search' wizard:

Search Image Wizard

followed by a second page that displays all the tags for the selected image:

Search Image Tags Wizard

Even though this wizard can only search from Docker Hub, users can nonetheless pull images from other third-party registries. In that case, image name needs to be prefixed with the registry host and port, such as 192.168.59.103:5000/centos:7.

New Launcher to Build a Docker Image

Finally, we`ve also added a new launcher to build images from a Dockerfile.

Build Image Launcher

The source path is a directory in the workspace or on the file system and the 'Docker Connection' combo box specifies on which Docker daemon the image will be built.

As always, feedback, feature requests and bug reports are welcome. Since this tooling is developped at Eclipse.org, you can join us on our public mailing-list or use Bugzilla to report any bug or feature request.

Have fun !
Xavier Coulon
@xcoulon

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