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JBoss Tools and Developer Studio Beta 3 lands

Chris Mayer

The latest beta for JBoss’s Eclipse distro arrives, accommodating a number of enhancements to vital plugins

Busy times at JBoss HQ as they’ve just released the third betas
for both JBoss Tools 3.3.0 and Developer Studio 5, incorporating a
number of enhancements to key features.

Max Rydahl Andersen profiled the dual announcement in a
JBoss community post
, saying that the biggest leaps for these
releases had been made to OpenShift, Maven, BrowserSim,
GWT and Annotation Processing.

JBoss Tools is of course a set of Eclipse plugins
custom-made for JBoss developers, whilst Developer Studio is a
fully bundled Eclipse distribution where you get to play with them
– with the opportunity to seamlessly link up to third party
dependencies as well.

Red Hat’s platform-as-a-service OpenShift has recieved a lot of
attention of late, and it’s great to see the latest iteration of
its tooling appear in JBoss Tools. Rydahl Andersen says that this
was ‘the most prominent and waited for feature in this release’ and
we’d be hard pressed to disagree with that. Now, there’s support
for starting port forwarding from the IDE instead of using the
command line, and it works straight out-of-the-box.

He continues:

OpenShift Tools further more now allows you to put any existing
application onto OpenShift where it previously only allowed Eclipse
WTP projects. These projects can now even be multi-module Maven
projects if you want to. This feature should be used with care
since it overwrites your OpenShift application and your project
content might not be working out of the box on OpenShift – thus use
with care and if it fails, remember that OpenShift uses Git
for it storage so you can roll it back in case of a failure.

Finally, it’s possible to create scalable apps straight from the
UI (see below):


Annotation processing
with Maven gets a big boost through the
addition of m2e configurator in JBoss tools, which also helps out
work with Google Web Toolkit. Lastly, the open source ethos of both
projects is set in stone thanks to new Eclipse and
JBoss Source Lookup
containers, which scans for JARs and
speeds up the projects exponentially.

It’s a bulky release from the
enthusiastic team of contributors ahead of an imminent final
release. Check out what else is new here, whilst you can
still get your hands on JBoss Developer Studio 5’s early access and
JBoss Tools 3.3.0 Beta 3 here. Now we just
await the GA release.

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