JBoss Tools 3.1 is now out

JBoss Tools team released JBoss Tools version 3.1 this week. It’s the best IDE for doing enterprise Java development with JSF, RichFaces, Seam, JPA, Hibernate more. You now get JSF2 as well as CDI support. You may or may not have known but over 50% of code in JBoss Tools is being written by Exadel team. I want to thank them for doing an amazing job! It’s an excellent set of tools that really makes enterprise Java development much easier.

JSF, RichFaces, CDI, JBoss Tools workshop in Minsk, Belarus

Several members of the RichFaces and JBoss Tools teams will be presenting at the Modern Java Technologies Workshop in Minsk, Belarus. From the RichFaces team Nick Belaevski and Ilya Shaikovsky will be discussing Java Server Faces 2.0, and then two topics on RichFaces 3.3.X and 4.0.X.

More information (more information in Russian).

To register, send an email to conference@exadel.com

Difference between JBoss Developer Studio and JBoss Tools

I get this question a lot: What is the difference between JBoss Developer Studio and JBoss Tools.

You basically get the same set of features and plug-ins (JSF, RichFaces, Seam, Visual page editor, Hibernate, jBPM and more) in JBoss Tools as in JBDS, however, JBDS adds the following:

  • An installer
  • Eclipse and Web Tools preconfigured
  • JBoss EAP with JBoss AS and Seam preconfigured
  • 3rd party plugins bundled and configured
  • Access to RHEL and Red Hat Network
  • Access to the JBoss/Red Hat supported software

This was adopted from Max Anderson’s blog.

EclipseCon 2008: Developing Rich Internet Applications with JBoss RichFaces and Eclipse

I'm speaking at EclipseCon 2008

I’m speaking at EclipseCon 2008 in Santa Clara, CA tomorrow. I’m presenting Developing Rich Internet Applications with JBoss RichFaces and Eclipse. I’m also going to be at JBoss booth during the exhibit. I’ll be glad to chat with you about RichFaces and RIA technologies in general.

Using JBoss Tools 2.0

If you are looking for the same basic JSF/RichFaces tools and features that you had in Exadel Studio Pro, but would like to use Eclipse 3.3 and the better and stable JBoss Tools 2.0, here is how to do it:

  1. Download Web Tools Platform All-In-One Packages 2.0.1
  2. Download JBoss Tools 2.0 (all plug-ins)
  3. Unzip both set of plug-ins into the same directory
  4. Download Tomcat server (you probably already have it)
  5. Register Tomcat server:
    1. Start Eclipse
    2. Select Window/Open Other…/Serves/Server
    3. Right click in Servers view and select New…
    4. Follow the wizard steps to add a server

    That’s all, you are up and running.

    Please note that there is a difference between JBoss Tools and JBoss Developer Studio. With JBoss Developer Studio you get everything out-of-box and an easy-installer. You can read about the differences here

    Exadel Studio Pro reborn in JBoss Developer Studio 1.0

    This week RedHat/JBoss released JBoss Developer Studio 1.0 (or JBDS). The product is loaded with features, you can read more here . A big part of the functionality is coming from Exadel Studio Pro, more specifically JSF/RichFaces tools. You can still download an older version of Exadel Studio Pro for Eclipse 3.2.2, but of course I recommend to get JDBS. If you don’t want to pay $99 for JDBS subscription, you can easily download JBoss Tools plug-ins, WTP 2.0.1 (wtp-all-in-one version 2.0.1 comes with Eclipse) and put it all together.

    If you’re developing your application using JSF and RichFaces, using all the visual and source tools from JDBS will increase your productivity and you will make less errors during development. I have been using Exadel Studio Pro (and now will JBoss) in all my training classes. Usually after first day people are amazed how this tool simplifies development. Give it try!

    RedHat + Exadel

    We are very exciting here about this. Here is the official news release: http://www.exadel.com/web/portal/press_20070305

    Some interesting links and blogs that I found:

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=960

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Gardner/?p=2424

    http://blog.hibernate.org/cgi-bin/blosxom.cgi/2007/03/05#exadeljboss

    http://tinyurl.com/2zmdcl

    http://www.fnokd.com/2007/03/05/facing-new-models/