Reorganised and open sourced

SpringSource pushes latest Toolsuites to Github in continuing open drive

SpringSource's latest major release of Eclipse-based tooling suites have arrived, not only bringing a raft of new features but a change of direction.

Martin Lippert, the engineer behind the Spring flavour of Eclipse tools, revealed a number of fundamental changes aiming to revitalise Spring Tool Suite just after the release of Eclipse Juno. The biggest change arguably is a split of the core offering into two, keeping the core Spring Tool Suite but introducing a new option.

Groovy/Grails Tool Suite is a full distribution of our Eclipse-based tooling tailored for Groovy development. As well as having Groovy-Eclipse pre-installed, Groovy developers can use specialised Grails tooling on top of the latest Eclipse Juno 4.2 release. This eliminates the tedious extensions that had to occur before you could start. With Groovy and Grails in from the start, it means developers can get up and running in no time. 

The Spring Tool Suite remains a full Eclipse-based tooling distribution that links up to existing Spring projects. Here, we see enhanced support for the Spring Core framework and its related projects such as Spring Batch and Spring Data, but also updates to include rapid application development tool Spring Roo.

Alongside this logical repackaging of STS comes an equally logical move. Keen to boast of their open source heritage, the decision to move to all parts of the two tool suites to Github (under an Eclipse Public License) could see more Spring developers pick it up.

Projects have also been componentized into different parts at Github to create better modularisation across the board. These include the Spring IDE, Grails IDE, as well as others.

This makes things for simpler by reducing the number of dependencies between the collection of projects. It also allows the user to consume what they want from a project, rather than needing a certain number of things to continue.

With this Github olive branch being extended, developers can now take advantage of pull requests for these projects. This should instigate further innovation through using Git instead of JIRA. Why not contribute today? Check out all the Github projects here.

Chris Mayer

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