Big week for JBoss developers

JBoss Tools 3.3 and Developer Studio 5.0 released

Chris Mayer

More than a year on from the last big release, the JBoss community’s set of Eclipse plugins gets a well-needed update in 3.3. Their no-fuss distribution, Developer Studio 5.0 gets a final release too

As you may have noticed over the past weeks on the site, we’ve been eagerly monitoring the progress of the JBoss project devoted to dealing with Eclipse plugins.

Max Rydahl Andersen announced the final release of JBoss Tools 3.3 and Developer Studio 5, incorporating a year’s work towards bettering the projects that harmonise the world of Eclipse and JBoss.

One aspect that is clear from the get-go with JBoss is an attemptto make the whole thing sleeker, with the addition of a multiplatform installer for JBoss Developer Studio. Not only is it smaller and faster to download than previously, but it allows you to just download one installer no matter what OS you are running, streamlining the whole process. Not that it wasn’t simple beforehand – being a one-click installation deal – but it just got easier.

To further this sense of cohesion, JBoss Central is introduced to act as a one-stop shop for all things JBoss, so users can learn what is happening within the community. It appears immediately from startup and can act as the trigger for six project wizards central to JBoss - CDI and Richfaces for example. Central also acts as a software updater where you can install and update verified plugins to work with Tools or within Developer Studio. Overall, it’s a finer polish on the product.

Other things new to Tools/Developer Studio include updated JBoss servers to welcome in other Red Hat updates such as yesterday’s EAP 6 and JBoss AS 7. You can also hook up to the fairly new PaaS, OpenShift as shown in the video below. There’s some impressive OpenShift tooling already incorporated and we can expect this to be bolstered in future updates as the fledgling platform-as-a-service fully forms.

Finally, there’s a raft of improvements for Maven, namely full support and integration of m2e for users of Maven projects and several new configurators. You can expect up-to-date support for Hibernate, Forge, Seam and Deltaspike. For an overview of all the changes since JBoss Tools 3.2, check out the full list on the New and Noteworthy page.

Oh, one more thing as an extra treat with the upcoming Eclipse Juno release train, Rydahl Andersen revealed that JBoss Tools can be installed on top of Juno. But, a word of caution, it is not guaranteed that everything works with Juno only set to arrive on June 27th. Rydahl Anderson adds: “We know that especially Hibernate Dali/JPT integration have issues since here the API has changed greatly.But if you are a Juno early-adopter then do please try run JBoss Tools on it and if you find issues let us know in the forum or on jira.”

If you’re fond of both Eclipse and JBoss technologies, then this release is the one for you. Download Developer Studio and Tools.

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