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This is the archived New & Noteworthy page that is also part of  4.3.0.Final

What's New in 4.3.0.Beta1


Java 8 requirement

Java 8 is now a minimum requirement to run JBoss Tools. JBoss Tools continues to support running servers and applications with older Java versions.

If JBoss Tools is run on an older Java version, a warning dialog appears:


Related JIRA: JBIDE-19500

Batch Tools

Visual (diagram) editor

A new diagram tab of Batch Job Configuration editor allows to graphically draw structure of a batch job XML file.



  • Visualization of structure of batch job, i.e.:

    • step, flow, split, decision

    • connection using next attribute and next elements

    • end, stop and fail outcomes

    • support for browsing nested flows

  • Other properties editable via context actions and linked property views

  • Setting a flow element as a start (i.e. reordering)

  • Content proposal for batch artifacts

See a demo video:

Related JIRA: JBIDE-19717

Content assist for <* class=""> in Batch Job editor

Content assist works for any class attribute (used to reference exception classes). Just type the first letter of the class or name and the content assist will show all available proposals.


Related JIRA: JBIDE-19386

New Batch Artifact wizard

A new Batch Artifact wizard is available in New→Others→Batch menu and allows to create batch artifacts, such as:

  • Batchlet

  • Checkpoint Algorithm

  • Decider

  • Item Reader

  • Item Writer

  • Item Processor

  • Partition Analyzer

  • Partition Reducer

  • Partition Collector

  • Partition Mapper

  • Partition Plan

  • Chunk Listener

  • Item Process Listener

  • Item Reader Listener

  • Item Writer Listener

  • Job Listener

  • Step Listener

  • Retry Process Listener

  • Retry Read Listener

  • Retry Write Listener

  • Skip Process Listener

  • Skip Listener

  • Skip Write Listener.


Related JIRA: JBIDE-18950


BrowserSim is now available in the "Quick Access"

The "Run BrowserSim" command is now available in the "Quick Access" for every single perspective:

Run BrowserSim

Related JIRA: JBIDE-12108

Improved Cheat Sheets for BrowserSim

Now an optional url parameter can be added to the BrowserSim command when writing Cheet Sheets. The usage is the following:


Related JIRA: JBIDE-15884

Docker Tools

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 9.0.0.Beta1.

Connection Wizard

The connection wizard support both Unix sockets and REST API to connect to a Docker engine

Open Connection Wizard

Explorer View

The new "Docker Explorer" view displays containers and images in a tree view, with filters to hide dangling and intermediate images and stopped containers.

Docker Explorer View

Containers View

The new "Containers" view displays the same information that appears when using the docker ps or docker ps -a commands in a terminal.

Containers View

Images View

The new "Images" view displays the same information that appears when using the docker images command in a terminal.

Images View

"Run Image" wizard

The new "Run Image" wizard lets users run an image by passing the most relevant arguments in the context of a developer machine:

  • the name of the container (although this is optional)

  • the exposed ports (the table is prepopulated with port numbers retrieved from the selected Image information)

  • the links to containers

  • the data volume

  • the environment variables

Run Image Wizard

The wizard also lets users search and pull images from the Docker Registry.

Search Images Wizard

Properties view

The Properties view responds to the selection on an Image or a Container in the aforementioned views to display general and detailed information.

Properties View

Other commands

The pull, push, display logs, commit, and tag commands are also available from contextual menus and view toolbars.

Pull Image wizard


Freemarker 2.3.22

Freemarker library included in Fremarker IDE was updated to latest available version 2.3.22.

Related JIRA: JBIDE-18815

JBoss Central

New and improved JBoss Central page

This release includes a slick, new and improved JBoss Central. This is a HTML-based page designed to provide instant access to a large variety of JBoss Developer materials. From top to bottom, you have access to :

  • the latest news/blog posts about JBoss technologies, cycling in a carousel

  • a search engine for project examples, similar to the one in http://www.jboss.org/developer-materials/

  • links to:

  • Finally, the lowest section displays common wizards and the list of recently used examples, helping you to start new projects quickly and easily

html central

The new and improved search feature provides instant access to approximately 200 quickstarts, filtered with zero latency as you type:

html central search

Click on a given tag to perform a search using that tag’s label.

We are really proud of how the new JBoss Central page gracefully adapts to lower resolutions, thanks to the Bootstrap framework under the hood. We really hope you’ll appreciate it as well. Please don’t hesitate to provide your feedback.

Related JIRA: JBDS-3272

JST / JSF / HTML Editor

JavaScript Editing Improvements

The Target Platform is updated with the latest Tern.java and AngularJS-Eclipse to bring the latest JavaScript Content Assistant improvements and fixes into JBoss Tools.

  • Tern.java v.

  • AngularJS-Eclipse v.

Review information about the note and noteworthy features here:

Note: These features are available via JBoss Central - Early Access as a part of AngularJS for Web Tools

Related JIRA: JBIDE-19631


JBoss Maven Integration

new Bintray JCenter profile

Bintray JCenter is an alternative (and superset) to the Maven Central repository. From JBoss Tools/Developer Studio, you can now easily add it in a profile of your Maven settings.xml file. Go to Preferences > JBoss Tools > Maven Integration > Configure Maven Repositories…​, click on the Add Repository…​ button and select the bintray profile :

bintray repo

Related JIRA: JBIDE-19816


Authenticate using OAuth

Starting with JBoss Tools 4.3.0.Beta1 you can now connect and authenticate to an OpenShift v3 server configured to use OAuth. You retrieve a token by clicking the retrieve link, following the prompts in the browser, and pasting it back into the connection wizard.

connect oauth

"OpenShift v3" is not available online yet, as it is for OpenShift v2 at https://www.openshift.com/. If you want to check it out, you can run it from with vagrant, as described here: http://fabric8.io/guide/openShiftWithFabric8Vagrant.html

Related JIRA: JBIDE-19829

Create a V3 application from template

You can now use templates to create OpenShift v3 resources that make up an application. The wizard allows you to use a template offered by the server, or to provide a template that you have ready on your local file system.

create from template

Once the template is selected, you can edit the template parameters to customize it for your needs.

edit template parameters

You can add labels so that you will be able to reference those new resources once they are created.

edit template labels

Related JIRA: JBIDE-19009

Show Application in Browser

You can easily point your browser to your OpenShift v3 application via the context menu. Pick your project in the OpenShift explorer and choose menu:[Show In>Web Browser] and it will open up in the browser.

show in browser 1

OpenShift routes are used to figure out the url to open to your application. If there are several routes, you will choose the one to use.

show in browser 2

Related JIRA: JBIDE-19849

Import to an Eclipse project

An OpenShift v3 application can now be imported into Eclipse using JBoss Tools. The import wizard prompts you to select a build config which contains the URI of your source repository. The wizard clones the source repository and imports the code into your Eclipse workspace as an Eclipse project.

import application

All source repositories are imported as general Eclipse projects that you can manually configure to match your needs, except those which utilize Maven. Maven is recognized by the import process and the Eclipse projects are enabled via Eclipse’s Maven support. Eclipse project type detection will be improved in upcoming releases via the new Eclipse "Smart Import" facility.

Related JIRA: JBIDE-19787

Show routes

4.3.0.Beta1 will show you OpenShift v3 routes in the OpenShift Explorer, as they have been defined in your OpenShift project. The properties view unveils all details for the selected route.


Related JIRA: JBIDE-19760

Delete Resources

You can now delete OpenShift v3 resources that you browse in the OpenShift explorer.

delete resource

Related JIRA: JBIDE-19008

Project Examples

New examples from developer.jboss.org

As mentioned in the JBoss Central section, the JBoss Central page now provides over 200 project examples.

However, these examples are not yet integrated in the Project Examples wizard, nor completely supported by the Offline support mechanism: After running an example once, it will be available even if your internet connection goes down, but the groovy script in Preferences > JBoss Tools > Project Examples > Offline Support will not fetch and cache these new examples.

These issues will be addressed in the next Beta release.

Server Tools

Support for Port Monitoring

Support for Port Monitoring has been (finally) added to JBoss, WildFly, and our enterprise server adapters. With a preference page, a view for tracking recent past requests, integration with the servers view, and some custom enhancements of our own, JBoss Tools is confident that our integration with this WebTools feature is more complete than what’s available with other server adapters.

20150521 monitoring view

A blog entry has been posted with further details.

Related JIRA: JBIDE-19755 - Implement ServerPort portion of wst.servertools API


A new feature hiding in the CDT repository of eclipse is being released with Mars. Called the LaunchBar, this feature aims to update the UI of eclipse to allow for more easy running of launch configurations (and other things). In this Beta1 release, we’re adding this feature in an optional addition to our Server Tools. We’ve also written our own extensions to it, integrating the LaunchBar with WTP’s Server Adapters.

LaunchBar with Server Tools Integration

The list of launchable objects (center) is linked with your selections in the workspace when used with our extensions, in most cases before you’ve ever even launched the object. The list of targets (on the right) will include all existing server adapters compatible with the launchable.

To enable this feature, you need to install from Help > Install New Software…​ > http://download.jboss.org/jbosstools/mars/development/updates then select the JBoss Tools Server LaunchBar Integration feature.

LaunchBar Installation

For more information, you can also check launchbar’s documentation at eclipse.org, or try it for yourself.

Related JIRA: JBIDE-19711 - WTP servertools integration with CDT launchbar


Browser Usage

The SWT Browser name and version is now collected for usage statistics to help the JBoss Tools team to learn more about preferred user configurations.

All collected information is reflected in Preferences > JBoss Tools > Usage Reporting for the user’s review.

As always, JBoss Tools does not send any information unless a user has opted into this option, nor is there ever any personal information sent.

Related JIRA: JBIDE-19899

Web Services Tools

Content Assist for Methods in Websocket Endpoint Classes

Content assist for methods in Websocket endpoint classes is now added.

Websocket endpoint classes are classes annotated with javax.websocket.server.ServerEndpoint or javax.websocket.ClientEndpoint. They can have methods annotated with @OnClose, @OnError, @OnMessage, @OnOpen.

Content assist provides the following options:

  • onClose(Session session, CloseReason closeReason): void - @OnClose method for WebSocket endpoint

  • onError(Session session, Throwable throwable): void - @OnError method for WebSocket endpoint

  • onMessage(String message): void - @OnMessage method with text message for WebSocket endpoint

  • onMessage(byte[] message): void - @OnMessage method with binary message for WebSocket endpoint

  • onMessage(PongMessage message): void - @OnMessage method with pong message for WebSocket endpoint

  • onOpen(Session session, EndpointConfig endpointConfig): void - @OnOpen method for WebSocket endpoint

Each option can only be used once. After being used once, the option does not appear in the choices.

Use Content assist from any position to add a new class member. Use prefixes to reduce the choice list. For example, if onO or @onO is typed and Content Assist is invoked, only onOpen choice will be suggested.

websocket endpoint content assist

Example of inserted code:

	public void onOpen(Session session, EndpointConfig endpointConfig) {
		// TODO Auto-generated method stub

Related JIRA: JBIDE-19739

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