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GlassFish and MyEclipse and Eclipse support...

Posted by ludo on May 30, 2007 at 6:17 PM PDT



Bonjour, Comment Java?



Every time I start the Eclipse IDE, I'm always pleased with the welcome
screen:







Did you notice that the only company name mentioned is "Sun
Microsystems"? Sweet!. Also, if you've have been using the previous
Eclipse versions (3.0), you would have noticed that the Sun light is
becoming much bigger:)





So I finally got my hands on a release candidate set of zip files to
install Eclipse 3.3 Europa at href="http://download.eclipse.org/webtools/downloads/drops/R2.0/S-2.0RC0-200705171455/">http://download.eclipse.org/webtools/downloads/drops/R2.0/S-2.0RC0-200705171455/
and after a few try/failures I finally got everything running on my Mac
system. I am in the process of updating the href="https://glassfishplugins.dev.java.net/">GlassFish
plugin for Eclipse 3.0 so that finally Eclipse users can
create Java EE 5 applications and deploy them to GlassFish V1 and
GlassFish V2. The updated plugins should be available in a few days.



MyEclipse released
a few days ago a new version (5.5) that also brings Java EE 5 support
to the developers. It comes with MyEclipse plugins for GlassFish V1 and
GlassFish V2.



For the time and energy I spent to install the Release candidate for
Europa, I must admit that paying a few dollars for MyEclipse is
definitely the right investment to do (although I am still missing a
complete installer for Mac OSX, and a GlassFish/MyEclipse co-Bundle
that would be installable in one shot).











I enjoyed the JSP editor (and renderer), as well as an extensive
JavaScript support that should play well with our href="https://ajax.dev.java.net/">Ajax jMaki
components (that are also available for Eclipse).

There are still a few issues in the Java EE 5 support of MyEclipse (for
example, one cannot create JPA entity beans in a Web Application, or no
pure Java EE 5 Web Services support -Axis is the only supported stack-,
or that the fact you need to touch files like web.xml or ejb-jar.xml or
application.xml to trigger a redeployment for exploded directories
-when these files are now optional in the latest Java EE 5
specification which is all about ease of development and replacement of
those xml files into Java annotations)-, but all I can say is that for
people who want an Eclipse based IDE to do Java EE 5 development (and
target the GlassFish application server), MyEclipse is certainly a very
good option and worth the investment. Very soon, MyEclipse will switch
to Eclipse Europa platform and the latest good stuff from WTP 2.0.



Registering GlassFish in MyEclipse is very easy, and deployment of Java
EE 5 applications to it is simple:





Having said that, for people who have the freedom to look at a solution
which is not Eclipse based, NetBeans 5.5.1 and the coming NetBeans 6.0
are also offering advanced (and complete) Java EE 5 support, including
JSF, JPA, Web Services and more. NetBeans also updates automatically
the GlassFish specific descriptors when needed and transparently.



In conclusion, it is good to see that there is a wide range of tools
targeting Java EE 5, and it's best implementation so far: GlassFish:-)



Ludo

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