A trio of betas

Red Hat delivers beta for JBoss Platform 6, Tools and Developer Studio 5

Chris Mayer

JBoss have been busy. Public betas available for EAP 6, Tools and Developer Studio 5

The JBoss team has been working overtime in recent weeks for three huge announcements, but the hard graft has paid off, with the release of public betas for JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6, JBoss Tools and Developer Studio 5.

Last year, Red Hat gave the keenest individuals a glimpse at what EAP 6 could offer with an early adopter program introduced, but now everyone is being let in. It seems that the enterprise platform is truly going on the cloud offensive, heavily borrowing from JBoss AS 7 and has a full Java EE 6 specification to make the platform PaaS-ready, whatever the situation.

Admittedly, lots of enterprises are still dubious of deploying fully to the cloud, but with JBoss AS7, the pace can be as leisurely as you wish. The company says EAP 6 has been designed and architected for use everywhere, including in on-premise and public clouds, giving a sense of control and allowing enteprises to test the water first before jumping right into a complete cloud strategy.

JBoss also promises a simplification of managing servers, greater agility and responsiveness. Additionally, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 continues to build upon the JBoss Open Choice strategy, featuring support for other popular frameworks such as Spring, Struts, and Google Web Toolkit (GWT). It also offers increased integration with other development tooling, including Maven and Hudson and JBoss Community projects such as Arquillian and Hibernate.

Complementing that announcement quite well was the beta release of Developer Studio 5 and JBoss Tools – dubbed Chiliad. Both are targeted towards the Eclipse community with JBoss tools being a set of plugins for Eclipse and JBoss Developer Studio is a fully bundled Eclipse distribution, that can pretty much deal with any sort of application – from mission-critical to mobile.

Some of the new stuff within JBoss developer studio includes a mobile browser simulator that, well, actually looks like a mobile browser, a redesigned OpenShift UI to cope with increasingly complexity, an updated JBoss Central and also easing in newer versions of support technologies (Seam 2.3, Forge for example).

There’s tons more too, with 750+ improvements, all of which you can check out within Max Rydahl Andersen’s blogpost. This JBoss beta trio is sure to pique the interest of the entire community, why not try them all today? The team will no doubt love to hear your opinion.

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