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I believe very much in our tools are only as good as our users think they are.

Today I’m calling out to you reading this blog to help us make the tools better.

As Thanks you get better tools that works better with your usecases!

Today we are introducing JBoss Tools Community Acceptance Testing (CAT) program to make sure we hear from you to know what is working and what is not working.

JBoss Tools CAT Logo

What is it ?

JBoss Tools CAT is a program where you signup and give feedback on new features and we will help you in any issues you have. We’ll also be doing some surveys where JBoss Tools CAT members get to tell us if you find JBoss Tools are ready to be released or not.

The program will run for every major release, this time we are focusing on JBoss Tools 4.2 and Developer Studio 8.0 - current release for that is 4.2.0.Beta2

You can see the details about the program at the CAT page.

How do I participate ?

If you are interested in participating please go and Register!

Is this not similar to NetBeans CAT ?

Yes, the Netbeans CAT program is what inspired us to do this. We think it will work equally well for us too.

What is in it for you ?

Besides you being able to influence the readyness of JBoss Tools for your usecases we will also at the release of the final JBoss Tools put your name as part of the release and dependent on the number of participants give out some extra prizes.

You can see more at the JBoss Tools CAT web page.

Again, if you are interested in helping making the tools work better for you, please Register!

Lets Have fun!

Max Rydahl Andersen
@maxandersen

It is time to get some more Eclipse Love out in the world - we start by shipping JBoss Tools 4.2 Beta2 and Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio 8 Beta2 for Eclipse Luna.

JBoss Developer Studio 8 Splashscreen

Nice, ain’t it?

Installation

JBoss Developer Studio comes with everything pre-bundled in its installer. Simply download it and install it like this:

java -jar jboss-devstudio-{version}-installer-{standalone|eap}.jar

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

This release requires at least Eclipse 4.4 (Luna) M7 but we recommend using the Eclipse 4.4 JEE Bundle since then you get most of the dependencies preinstalled.

Once you have installed Eclipse, you either find us on Eclipse Marketplace under "JBoss Tools (Luna)" or "JBoss Developer Studio (Luna)".

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

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

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

What is new ?

This Beta 2 contains quite some new additions that I believe you will like!

Java 8

To start with, this is now tested and developed against Eclipse Luna M7 and newer which means it comes with Java 8 tooling support out-of-the-box.

Early Access in JBoss Central

To allow users of JBoss Developer Studio to try out plugins which have not yet reached supported level more easily we’ve added the notion of Early Access to JBoss Central.

JBoss Central Early Access

For now we’ve moved Eclipse VJET into this area and made Arquillian Tools and AngularJS available for Developer Studio users.

The "Early Access" features are from an isolated update site that only gets added if you press "Show Early Access" and when you unselect "Early Access" we will remove/disable those update sites thus you will not receive anymore updates of those features.

Try it out!

VPE is dead, long live VPE!

VPE has been refactored to use the new HTML Preview feature.

This means we will use your system native browser to preview HTML5 based pages (XHTML/JSF will still use the old XULRunner based browser if possible).

Visual Page Editor

This new preview has much better Javascript support and just looks better.

If you do not like the split editor view you can also open it as a separate view which will show the HTML representation of editors that uses the WTP based XML DOM model (i.e. our html editor and wtp xml editors).

The preview supports navigating between source and the visual elements allowing you to easily find the right place in the code.

Better JavaScript

To improve Eclipse JSDT default JavaScript we’ve done many fixes to it that are available in stock Eclipse, but for JBoss Tools we’ve started to try use Tern behind the scenes via Angello Zerr’s angularjs-eclipse and tern-java projects.

In JBoss Tools Tern is now automatically enabled on Javascript based projects intended to give you much stronger and better content assist in addition to what Eclipse JSDT provides.

JavaScript ECMA 5

We are trying to make it that there is no user setup needed for most common javascript functionallity to work.

For example if you create a Hybrid Mobile Tooling project we will enable the support for Apache Cordova Javascript out of the box.

CordvaJS Content assist

AngularJS support

As an experiemnt, we’ve made AngularJS available from JBoss Central under "Early Access" to give a try if you are an Angular user.

Angular JS Support

We are really interested in hearing if these improvements to JavaScript and Angular support work for you!

OpenShift Quickstarts

The OpenShift wizard now supports OpenShift’s notion of quickstarts or instant apps.

OpenShift Quickstarts

This means it is now possible to just use OpenShift Wizard in Eclipse to use one of the many custom defined quickstarts without having to use the browser.

Examples of interesting JBoss server related quickstarts are WildFly 8.1, AeroGear Push server and CapeDwarf.

OpenShift Snapshots

On request OpenShift now supports saving and restoring your OpenShift instances via Snapshots.

Save/Restore snapshots

Local Java Process Monitoring via JMX Navigator on steroids!

The view before called 'MBeans Explorer' is now called 'JMX Navigator' and it now can do much more than before.

First off, it will automatically list locally detected Java Virtual Machines which you can connect to and browse their internal state via JMX MBeans.

Locally detected processes

Once you have this view open you can browse the MBeans, but with a little bit of magic you can also get various performance metrics displayed.

Timeline of a java process

You can even get profiling info such as hotspots, memory usage etc.:

hotspots monitor

Basically, JBoss Tools now comes with a built-in Java profiler out of the box.

This functionallity originally comes from Fuse IDE which adopted jvmmonitor which we have now moved into JBoss Tools core to unify our access to JMX and Java processes.

JBoss Modules Classpath Container

Until now JBoss Tools core have used basic file patterns to find appropriate jars for your classpath and for introspecting the JBoss servers. With JBoss Modules where there can be multiple versions and several layers of patching this kind of simple file pattern searching is not sufficient.

Thus now our WildFly/JBoss EAP based servers understand the notion of JBoss Modules and will locate the proper module.

JBIDE 9479

It even will detect if your manifest.mf has Dependencies and add them to the list of jboss modules to the classpath Eclipse will use for compiling.

…​and more

There are more improvements in the areas of JAX-RS, Maven, Mobile palette, Forge. See details here: What’s New.

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Hope you enjoy it and remember…​

Have fun!

Max Rydahl Andersen
@maxandersen

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