Red Hat
Dec 17, 2013
by arungupta

JBoss Tools 4.1.1 and JBoss Developer Studio 7.1 were released  2 days ago. This release is built on top of Eclipse Kepler 4.3.1 , came in less than 6 months from the previous one , has 500+ bug fixes  and some nice  features.

  • Improved hybrid mobile tooling with support for Apache Cordova  using Aerogear
  • More support for OpenShift 2.0
  • Content assist on Angular.js attributes and resource content

What is the difference between JBoss Tools and JBoss Developer Studio ?

JBoss Tools is a set of plugins for Eclipse that complements, enhances and goes beyond the support that exists for JBoss and related technologies in the default Eclipse distribution.

JBoss Developer Studio is a fully bundled Eclipse distribution which not only includes the majority of JBoss Tools but also all its needed dependencies and 3rd party plugins allowing for an easy one-click and no-fuss installation.

If you are into doing your own bleeding edge Eclipse plugin assembly, JBoss Tools is for you; if you are more into having something that “Just Works” then JBoss Developer Studio is the way to go.

I took JBoss Tools for a ride and tried Java EE samples on WildFly . Here are the steps for the same:

  1. Downloaded Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers . Ignore this step if you already have Eclipse Kepler 4.3.1 for Java EE.
  2. Drag and Drop the button in Eclipse to install the tools  . There are other usual methods to install as well but I found this extremely convenient.Dropping the button shows the following screen:jboss-tools-install-techtip4

    Follow the instructions to complete the installation. Restarting the Eclipse shows the following screen:

    kepler-main-screen-techtip4

    And that shows a successful installation.

  3. Click on the “Servers” tab, click on “Click this link to create a new server…”jboss-servers-techtip4 Select “WildFly” and click on “Next>”. Use Tech Tip #1  to install WildFly locally on your machine. Specify the WildFly location on next screen:

    wildfly-location-techtip4

    Click on the second “Browse…” button to select an appropriate profile. Click on “Finish” to complete WildFly installation.

  4. Right-click on the selected server and click on “Start” to start WildFly.wildfly-log-techtip4
  5. Check out Java EE samples  and import them in Eclipse. Select any project, right-click on it and select “Run on Server”. Choose the WildFly server to see the output as:

jboss-tools-browser-techtip4

And now you’ve a Java EE 7 sample running on WildFly using JBoss Tools!

Here are some resources:

Have fun!

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