Eclipse webtools

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The Eclipse webtools subplatform is live, with two initial code submissions from Lomboz and IBM. More info here.

The submission by IBM is looking _really_ good: it’s like a free version of WSAD (WebSphere Studio Application Developer). Must delve deeper into this before making any conclusive comments though.

While on topic (well actually not at all): we might consider looking into the Spring framework, a lightweight container that takes care of things like transactions and decoupling of code (created by Rod Johnson of ‘Expert one-on-one J2EE Development’ fame) which has gotten a lot of attention in the J2EE communitiy lately. Click here for a short showcase/tutorial.

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4 thoughts on “Eclipse webtools

  1. To get started with WSAD, see “EJB 2.0 Development with WebSphere Studio Application Developer”, downloadable from here. I’m going to check the book and WSAD out soon myself.

  2. From the “Eclipse Tips – September 1 (2004)” a short review:

    WTP (Web Tools Project) provides six major toolsets for the following areas: database
    management, J2EE development, server deployment, source editing, XML
    tooling, and Web Services.
    I spent half a day playing with WTP. I began by using WTP’s Web
    project creation wizard. I then created a simple JSP and deployed it
    using WTP server features. The Web project creation wizard defaults
    to create root directories of JavaSource and WebContent — similar to
    those in WebSphere Studio Application Developer (WSAD). The
    properties editor for the Web project provides settings that are also
    very similar to those of WSAD. I like this trend of WSAD similarities
    because WSAD is an excellent commercial Eclipse product and we can
    now get similar features in an open source plug-in.
    The JSP editor worked well, but keep in mind that I didn’t push the
    editor’s functionality much. Once I was done writing a simple JSP, I
    used WTP’s server features to deploy the project. WTP’s server
    perspective, again, looks much like WSAD’s server perspective. First
    you create a server project and then create server instances in that
    project. The server instances are displayed in a view. From that
    view, you can select an instance and add J2EE projects to that
    instance. WTP initially has support for six versions of Tomcat,
    including the ones that I had installed on my Linux workstation, 4.1
    and 5.0. I had problems with the Tomcat 4.1 deployment features, but
    5.0 worked much better. Note, though, that I did have issues with the
    deployment of a Struts project to Tomcat 5.0 (but I didn’t spend much
    time attempting to resolve that problem).
    I also reviewed WTP’s database views. The database views worked all
    right, but I didn’t find them as useful as those provided with the
    SQL Explorer plug-in, which was covered in the August 4 issue of
    Eclipse Tips.
    All in all, I’m greatly impressed with WTP, especially since it has
    only been available for a month or so. Also note that I only tested a
    small portion of WTP’s feature set. For instance, I didn’t test the
    EJB or Web Service wizards. For my current production development,
    I’ve turned off the use of WTP and I’m back to using MyEclipse, but
    every month or so I’ll download WTP’s latest, give it a whirl, and
    let you know how it’s looking.

  3. The IBM contribution turned out to be more than what I needed.
    And, every now and then — three or four times a day — it gave me an OutOfMemory exception.

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