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JRebel 5.0 now tackling redeploys remotely

As part of hosting their own two-day conference, Geekout 2012 in Tallinn, ZeroTurnaround were wise to save their big announcement live at the big event. Their innovative flagship redeploy-avoiding product JRebel has entered its fifth version, bringing with it three big features.

As announced by CEO Jevgeni Kabanov, JRebel 5.0 introduces JRebel Remoting, bringing the JRebel magic to remote and cloud servers. Initially, JRebel can be used out-of-the-box with AWS, Rackspace and Jelastic, with further PaaS vendor tie-ins to follow, according to the co-founder. Eclipse is supported in this release, with NetBeans and IntelliJ promised at a later date. This will bring JRebel to more and more teams - which is great to see. Check out the Getting Started Guide below.

Next up is the new Config Centre plugin for Eclipse, which eliminates the old rebel.xml and intelligently configures all the necessary IDE settings. Config Centre also monitors the environment and helps debug common problems. As of now, this is only available for Eclipse with the two previously mentioned to follow in due course.

Finally, there's a new platform, myJRebel, effectively allowing you to use JRebel as a SaaS. Kabanov adds that 'this release supports the Scala and OSS free plans, with Social coming in the next few weeks'.

All in all, it appears that JRebel is maneouvering itself to be ready for cloud-friendly environments, but the features offered in 5.0 look like being worthwhile for all. Check out the full Changelog to learn more about the other changes, including new Hibernate, MyFaces, CXF and Spring integrations. You can also download it here. Congrats to the ZeroTurnaround team on this big release at GeekOut - another conference full of big announcements it appears!

Chris Mayer

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