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The Luna tooling train continues! - Adding JBoss Business Process and Rules development tooling to JBoss Data Virtualization and the SOA 5.x suite plus updates to the early access components.

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What’s an Integration Stack?

JBoss Tools Integration Stack 4.2.1.Final / JBoss Developer Studio Integration Stack 8.0.1.GA

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

JBoss Business Process and Rules Development

  • 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.

  • jBPM - A flexible Business Process Management (BPM) suite.

JBoss Data Virtualization Development

  • 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.

  • 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.

JBoss Integration and SOA Development

Note - the SOA Development tooling category has both released and early access components. Consequently, you will see it in both the release install dialog and the early access install dialog.

  • All of the Business Process and Rules Development plugins, plus…​

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

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

SOA 5.x Development

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

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

All of these components have been verified to work with the same dependencies as JBoss Tools 4.2 and Developer Studio 8.

What’s Been Updated?

Updates have been made to the Business Process tooling (BPMN2 Modeler), Fuse Tooling and SwitchYard. See the JBDSIS 8.0.1 Release Notes

Released Tooling Highlights

BPMN2 Modeler Highlights

Early Access Tooling Highlights

Fuse Tooling Highlights

  • FUSETOOLS-1285: Broken parsing and missing configuration of exchange pattern for ToDefiniton endpoint

  • FUSETOOLS-1271: adding component connectors via context menu broken

  • FUSETOOLS-1269: Node Context Menu>Add option does not include the Components drawer items

  • FUSETOOLS-1268: Cannot view or edit file node in Properties editor after dragging a Filesystem component onto the canvas

  • FUSETOOLS-1267: Properties editor for File endpoint converts relative paths to absolute paths so files are not read

  • FUSETOOLS-1264: JMX Node in servers view doesn’t work if server has secured JMX access via credentials

  • FUSETOOLS-1261: Move connection between components cause problem

  • FUSETOOLS-1260: Cannot run Fuse server with alternate JRE

  • FUSETOOLS-1250: The IDE slows down when a fuse project is deployed

  • FUSETOOLS-1248: Debugger step over resets changed variable value and continues along original path

  • FUSETOOLS-1246: New Server Wizard bug with JMX Bundles plugin only

  • FUSETOOLS-1218: Cryptic error message displayed when trying to connect to Fuse 6.2 server

  • FUSETOOLS-1214: Run Configurations dialog shows launch config types for server adapters for Karaf, SMX, Fuse and Fabric8 which partially don’t work

  • FUSETOOLS-1211: Adding another route to a Fuse Project doesn’t work properly

  • FUSETOOLS-1173: Servers have too many jars on launching classpath

  • FUSETOOLS-1158: fix ugly title when debugging

  • FUSETOOLS-1148: Exception when browsing a BrokerNode in JMX View

  • FUSETOOLS-1138: NPE in karaf server core support after removing a deployed project

  • FUSETOOLS-1123: context id is removed on save

  • FUSETOOLS-1100: New Fuse project does not have properly set-up build-path

  • FUSETOOLS-1085: An endpoint is lost after saving

  • FUSETOOLS-1076: New Server Runtime Wizard - Finish button error

Also see Lars Heinemann’s Blog for more Fuse Tooling insights.

SwitchYard Highlights

The JBoss Tools website features tab

Don’t miss the Features tab for up to date information on your favorite Integration Stack components.


If you already have JBDSIS 8.0.0 installed…​

Simply start jbdevstudio or eclipse-with-jbds, then:

Select Help > Check for Updates

Select the components you’d like to install from the available updates.

If you’d like a fresh install…​

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-luna installed, you can install JBoss Developer Studio or JBoss Tools from the Eclipse Marketplace via Help > Eclipse Marketplace…​

Eclipse Marketplace - JBDS

Once Developer Studio is installed, restart Eclipse and select the Software/Update tab in the JBoss Central view. The current 8.0.1.GA integration stack is available automatically with the released JBoss Data Virtualization Development tooling. The remainder of the integration tooling is available as Early Access so you must check the Enable Early Access checkbox in the installer window in order to install.

JBoss Central - JBoss Developer Studio Integration Stack
JBoss Central Early Access - JBoss Developer Studio Integration Stack

The standard p2 installer is available for JBoss Developer Studio Integration Stack. Simply start jbdevstudio or eclipse-with-jbds, then:

 Help > Install New Software...
 - use this for 'Location:' for the production integration stack:

 - use this for 'Location:' for the early-access-components integration stack:

The community JBoss Tools Integration Stack installation is easy as well. If you already have eclipse-jee-luna installed, install JBoss Tools from the Eclipse Marketplace via Help > Eclipse Marketplace…​

Eclipse Marketplace - JBoss Tools

Once JBoss Tools is installed, restart Eclipse and select the Software/Update tab in the JBoss Central view. The current 4.2.1.Final integration stack is available automatically with the released tooling. In a manner similar to devstudio, the remainder of the integration tooling is available as "Early Access" so you must check the "Enable Early Access" checkbox in the installer window in order to install.

Select the items you’d like to install:

JBoss Central Early Access - JBoss Tools Integration Stack

The standard p2 installer is available for JBoss Tools Integration Stack. Simply start eclipse-with-jbt, then:

 Help > Install New Software...
 - use this for 'Location:' for the released-components integration stack:

 - use this for 'Location:' for the early access integration stack:

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

Give it a try!

Paul Leacu.

Happy to announce JBoss Tools 4.2.3 and Red Hat JBoss Developer Studio 8.1 for Eclipse Luna are finally available.

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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

If you have JBoss Developer Studio 8.0.0.GA already installed, just run:

Help > Check for updates

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

This release requires at least Eclipse 4.4 (Luna) but we recommend using the Eclipse Luna SR2 Java EE Bundle since then you get most of the dependencies preinstalled with Java EE Bundle and SR2 release includes some critical fixes.

Once you have installed Eclipse, you can 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.


What is New?

This release is update for Eclipse Luna and also includes some new features which we would like to highlight. You can see everything in the What’s New section for this release.

Eclipse Luna SR2

This version of JBoss Tools targets Eclipse Luna SR2. More stability. Less false positive JavaScript errors. And many other fixed bugs.

JBoss Developer Studio also includes an important feature patch for Eclipse Web Tools 3.6.3. That patch fixes Eclipse freezes for some JavaScript files.

FeedHenry support

If you are a FeedHenry user we’ve now added support for easy importing and running of your FeedHenry Cordova applications.


New Wildfly Archetypes in JBoss Central

WildFly 8.2.0.GA archetypes are now available for the HTML5, JavaEE Web & EAR project wizards. They will be automatically enabled when you select a WildFly runtime in the project wizards.

IP6 Support Added for Server Tools

For JBoss 7 and Wildfly installations, using hostnames with an IPv6 format often failed to connect, show webpages, or even verify the server’s state. Several changes have made this work as expected. With updated wildfly jars, management commands will execute without issue. In addition, our tools will now automatically recognize host names in an IPv6 pattern, and update your launch configuration’s various launch arguments to ensure that the server starts properly and with all expected flags set.

Upgraded Forge 2 Runtime

The Forge 2 runtime was upgraded to 2.15.2.Final. See the full release notes here.

There is also an improvement in Forge wizards which now render notes below the inputs (where available):


HTML5 & JavaScript Editing Improvements

HTML validation in Eclipse Web Tools Luna has an annoying issue with custom HTML5 tags. It warns about any HTML tag name that is not mentioned in the HTML specification. We contributed a patch to Eclipse Mars which allows to disable those warnings for any particular tag name (or a tag name mask, e.g. <ion-*>). Though this was fixed in Eclipse Mars only we back ported this useful feature to JBoss Tools 4.2.3 which is based on Eclipse Luna SR2:


JavaSript file validation now respects ECMA5 keywords.

Tern.java and AngularJS Eclipse 0.8.2

Tern.java and AngularJS Eclipse (available via JBoss Central - Early Access) has been upgraded to 0.8.2 version.

There is a bunch of new features which were introduced in 0.8.0 releases:

0.8.2 releases also include bug fixes for some critical issues which caused Eclipse to freeze.

Multiple Browser Engine Support on Linux in Visual Editor

On Linux Visual Page Editor can be opened in HTML5 mode for HTML files, where all HTML5 features are supported. Visual Page editor mode can be changed with dialog, which appears during HTML file opening or in Visual Page Editor Preferences.

engine dialog

Deprecation of Visual Editor for JSF Pages

Currently JBoss Tools and JBoss Developer Studio have some problems with supporting both HTML5 Visual Preview and JSF Visual Editor. It’s related to the outdated XULRunner which is used in JBoss Tools to provide visual editing feature for JSF pages. It has very limited HTML5 support and conflicts with other browsers which may be used for HTML5 preview. It’s time now to deprecate the visual part of XHTML and JSP Page editor. JBoss Developer Studio 8.1 and JBoss Tools 4.2.3 still include JSF Visual Editor but it will be removed in future releases.

This deprecation is only about the visual part of the XHTML/JSP Editor (Visual/Source and Preview tabs). The existing content assist, code navigation, wizards etc. related to JSF will still be present in the source editor.

What is Next

We are now focusing on JBoss Developer Studio 9 and JBoss Tools 4.3 for Eclipse Mars. Alpha1 is already available and we are working on upcoming Alpha2.


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