Latest milestone arrives for Virgo Tooling

Eclipse Virgo Tooling reaches M4

Chris Mayer

After a short period of inactivity, Virgo Tooling reaches another milestone, bringing new enterprise-level OSGi capabilities

Following a brief period of inactivity and skipping Milestone 3 entirely to get in sync with Virgo Runtime releases, Eclipse’s Virgo Tooling project has reached another milestone, giving us a glimpse at what will make up the final version eventually.

Miles Parker detailed in a blogpost what was new within Virgo Tooling, which essentially takes aspects of the SpringSource Tools Suite into the Eclipse environment by integrating them into Eclipse runtime, web and plugin development tools. This of course resulted in a tremendous amount of work for the team in reducing ‘pesky dependencies from Virgo to the originating Spring Source tooling’ so that Virgo was as streamlined as possible.

A lot of the work done in M4 has been geared towards UI enhancements, which Parker says gives ‘more transparency and leverage into what’s actually happening on the server.’ A Virgo perspective (below) was greatly needed to provide runtime exploration and it was duly provided. Listening to user feedback, there’s several new standalone views such as Outline View (quick access to server artifacts), Artifacts Views (transparent access to artifacts) and Server View (customisable through the Eclipse CNF).

Thankfully, the complete Virgo documentation set — including the Tooling, Programmer and User’s Guide as well as the Wiki pages — is now included as Eclipse Help. There’s also been a huge leap in server support, as Virgo now supports almost all versions and types of Virgo installs, including older versions of Virgo and Tomcat, Jetty and Kernel installations.

Despite numerous bug-fixes, there’s still a large amount remaining, which is to be expected from a project still in the early stages, so the only way to help out is providing feedback and lending a hand. Now that all the Spring Dependencies have been eradicated, the only way is up.

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