A JBoss Project
Red Hat

Latest posts

We are ready with JBoss Tools 4.2 Beta1 and Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio 8 Beta1.

jbosstools jbdevstudio blog header

This announcement is a bit special since it is on our new website, with a cleaner and more consistent structure.

There is the specific version download available from JBoss Tools 4.2.0.Beta1.

Then there is the Luna download page which shows the latest Stable, Development and nightly download for Eclipse Luna - that is available from Luna releases.

From either of these you can get to the Downloads, updatesites and What’s New!

Installation

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

java -jar jbdevstudio-<installername>.jar

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

This release requires at least Eclipse 4.4 (Luna) M6 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 an later date.

What is new ?

As always there is more than can be covered in a single blog but here are some of my favorites. You can see everything in the What’s New section for this release.

Refactored and improved Server Tools

The server adapters for JBoss AS, EAP and WildFly have been refactored to support…​

  1. …​runtime-less servers (i.e. no need to have a server locally installed)

  2. …​deployment over management API (i.e. no need to have local or SSH based access anymore, just Management Api)

  3. …​start/stop scripts for deploy only servers

  4. …​Profiles for easier setup

JBIDE 9212c

These improvements required significant changes in the server adapter core API and UI. The meat of the code is still the same - just split out to be more reusable and composable.

We would really like to hear from you if the UI is good, bad, better, worse; and in any case how we can make it even better. We’re obviously interesting in knowing whether these features do work for you.

You can see more in the Servers What’s New.

OpenShift Downloadable Cartridges

OpenShift has been offering support for custom defined cartridges - now OpenShift tools supports this natively too.

This means you can create or use an existing cartridge by choosing the "Code Anything" option for either Applications or Cartridges.

Downloadable Cartridges

This allows you to, for example use a Cartridge like WildFly 8 or the recent OpenShift on JRebel experiment without leaving the IDE.

More support for multiple Cordova versions

The Cordova runtime support is now extended to also support using locally downloaded runtimes. Making it possible to use custom builds or simply distributions that are not directly available from Cordova repositories.

EnginePreferences

There are also various other fixes which can be viewed at Aerogear What’s New.

p.s. we are contributing these tools to eclipse.org under Project Thym.

The Cordova Simulator also now understands the notion of multiple Cordova runtimes allowing you to test against multiple versions.

CordovaSim multiple version support

Arquillian XML Editor

The Arquillian tooling (for now only available in JBoss Tools) added a Sapphire based editor for the arquillian.xml file format.

For now it is a simple structured editor but we plan on using it for experimenting with Sapphire to provide better XML oriented editors.

arquillianxmleditor

This Arquillian editor was based on ideas and initial contribution from Masao Kunii working for Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) - thank you!

Forge 2 Goodies

Recent version of Forge 1 and 2 are now distributed with tools and especially the later one brings an interesting feature.

Forge 2 Connection Profiles now will consider Eclipse Database Tooling Platform (DTP) connections meaning you no longer have to configure your database settings in multiple places.

Connection Profiles

This feature is called connection profiles in Forge 2.

Usage tracking

We have learned a lot from our last 3+ years usage tracking and continue to be amazed with how many nationalities, countries and operating system distributions the tools are used in - it has been and continue to be very informative and helpful in guiding our tooling support.

In Beta1 we have gone a step further into learning not only about how many starts JBoss Tools, but also now which features are being used.

In Beta1 we now collect info about which server types are used and which JBoss Central installs are being done to be able to see how much and how often these features are used.

We will use that in the future to decide new development and maintanence work - thus if you love a feature in JBoss Tools then please say yes to usage tracking and use the feature and we’ll notice.

Note: We are only collecting aggregated summaries of i.e. server types and installs - meaning we cannot use any of this info to identify you. It is truly anonymous usage statistics - we are not the NSA!

Next steps

While we wait for feedback on Beta1, we are already working on what will become Beta2. Some of things that are moving here are:

  1. Looking at doing radical changes to how the visual page editor works since XULRunner is not maintained anymore and we need HTML5 support

  2. Getting better (read: much better) javascript content assist with help from tern.java

  3. Improve JavaEE 6 and JavaEE 7 support

  4. Full Java8 support

  5. …​and more!

Hope you enjoy it and remember…​

Have fun!

Max Rydahl Andersen
@maxandersen

Fuse Tooling goes Final in the Stack!

jbosstools jbdevstudio blog header

The Integration Stack for JBoss Tools Developer Studio is a set of plugins for Eclipse that provides tooling for the following frameworks:

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • Savara (JBoss Tools only) - A tool for ensuring artifacts defined at different stages of the software development lifecycle are valid against each other, and remain valid through the evolution of the system.

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

  • 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.

All of these components have been verified to work with the same dependencies as JBoss Tools 4.1 and Developer Studio 7, so installation is easy.

Installation

To install the Integration Stack tools, first install JBoss Developer Studio from the all-in-one installer, bundled and configured out of the box with everything you need to get started. Alternatively, if you already have eclipse-jee-kepler installed, you can install JBoss Developer Studio or JBoss Tools from the Eclipse Marketplace via Help > Eclipse Marketplace…​

jbtis b1

Once Developer Studio is installed, restart Eclipse and select the Software/Update tab in the JBoss Central view and look for the JBoss Developer Studio Integration Stack installation section. Select the items you’d like to install:

jbtis b2

If you want to try out Savara you will need to use the JBoss Tools Integration Stack URL instead:

Note: If you installed into your own Eclipse you should bump up the launch resource parameters:

--launcher.XXMaxPermSize 256m --launcher.appendVmargs -vmargs -Dosgi.requiredJavaVersion=1.6 -XX:MaxPermSize=256m -Xms512m -Xmx1024m

What’s New?

Fuse Apache Camel Tooling has gone .Final

The previous release of the JBoss Developer Studio Integration Stack had a candidate release of Fuse Apache Camel Tooling. The support is now complete and ready to run with the Fuse Active MQ 6.1 release.

Updated Components

Fix release versions of BPMN2 Modeler, SwitchYard and Teiid Designer are also available in this release.

The new JBoss Tools home is live

Don’t miss the new Features tab for up to date information on your favorite Integration Stack component: /features

Looking for older posts ? See the Archived entries.
back to top