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I’m happy to report that a few days ago the final paperwork around Red Hat upgrading their membership to Strategic Developer at Eclipse was completed and now announced at Eclipse.org.

What does this mean ?

Strategic Members are organizations that view Eclipse as a strategic platform and are investing developer and other resources to further develop Eclipse Foundation technologies. Strategic Developers commit to assign at least eight developers full time to develop Eclipse technology, lead Eclipse projects and contribute annual dues up to 250.000 $.

At Red Hat we already have more than eight developers doing development Eclipse technology, both at and around the base Eclipse distribution.

  • m2e-wtp

  • JavaScript Development Tools (JSDT)

  • vert.x

  • Linux Tools

  • Thym

  • BPMN2

  • BPEL

  • SWTBot

..and contributing to many more.

This work is used in our JBoss Tools project and two products: JBoss Developer Studio (Middleware) and Red Hat Developer Toolset (Linux Platform).

By upgrading to Strategic Developer we are confirming our continued support and commitement of resources to Eclipse, but also increasing our funding to be $250.000 annually.

Red Hat have an interest in Eclipse Foundation continues to thrive, and that its flagship, the Eclipse IDE and other opensource development tools and runtimes continues to evolve and improve.

Stepping down and up from the board

This announcement also means I’ll have to step down from the board as solutions member representative, but I’ll be joining again as Red Hat’s representative for their newly aquired Strategic Developer position.

I’m happy to have served and I’m looking forward to see which other solutions member will come join in on the board and bring Eclipse Foundation forward.

What next ?

We’ve been contributing and continue to help making Eclipse Mars a great release, together with the rest of the community. We are especially working on fixing GTK/SWT on Linux, making Docker support and looking at improving the Java Script Development tools. The latter I did a presentation at EclipseCon which provide some of ideas what we are working on.

By becoming strategic developer we also plan to be involved more in how Eclipse IP and Development process works and evolves. Something that become more important to make more effective for fast moving projects to feel better at home at Eclipse.

On top of that Eclipse have a lot of other areas going on which Red Hat are keeping our eye on - especially in the area of web IDE’s and Internet-of-things.

If you are interested in hearing more about this or have a suggestion please feel free to contact me by mail or leave a comment below!

Let’s Have fun!,
Max Rydahl Andersen
@maxandersen

Alpha 2 build for Eclipse Mars M6 is now available at Alpha2 download.

Installation

This version of JBoss Tools targets Eclipse Mars 4.5 (M6).

We recommend using the Eclipse 4.5 JEE Bundle since then you get most of the dependencies preinstalled.

Once you have installed Eclipse, you use our update site directly:

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

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

What is new ?

Easy Import/Open of projects

We have included our incubation project at Eclipse that makes importing and opening of projects much easier than default Eclipse. No longer do you need to know or guess at which of many import wizards are the right one. With this you just use menu:File[Import Project from Folder], point it to a folder and it will auto-detect the type of project, imports ann configure it as best as it can.

easyimport filemenu

Once started it will recursively scan the selected folder and report which directories it found.

easyimport wizard

We included this incubation feature to get early feedback - please do give it a try and let us know if it works great or if we detected some projects "badly".

OpenShft v3

Our OpenShift integration now allow you to connect to OpenShift 3 in addition to the existing OpenShift 2 support.

connection wizard server type

Once connected you can browse the OpenShift/Kubernetes data for your application/projects.

view explorer v3

Note: OpenShift v3 is not available from openshift.com to try at this point in time. If you want to try use it you can follow the instructions at OpenShift Origin sample app.

Java EE 7 Batch wizards, content assist, validation and refactoring

In Alpha 1 we introduced support for Java EE 7 batch specification and now extending this support with a wizard, content assist, linked navigation, searching and refactoring of Batch elements.

validation

WildFly 9

We’ve added native WildFly 9 runtime detection and server support. You no longer need to use the WildFly 8 adapter and detection will work correctly now.

Content assist for AngularJS Expressions

When editing AngularJS single-page html (not templates) the html editor now communicates with the preview to provide content assist for angularjs expressions.

angular

Custom HTML Tag validation

There is now a quickfix for marking custom HTML5 elements to be ignored in validation.

validation

Note: this is not specific to JBoss Tools, it is built into Eclipse M6

Next steps

With Alpha2 out we are heading towards a Beta1.

In Beta1 we are targeting including:

  1. OpenShift v3 support for templates

  2. Docker Tooling

  3. Better JavaScript content assist

  4. Making project imports in Eclipse even simpler

  5. And more…​

As always, ask/suggest away and we’ll keep you posted!

Have fun!

Max Rydahl Andersen
@maxandersen

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