Today we are releasing JBoss Tools 3 Alpha1!

[Download] [Update Site] [What's'New] [Documentation (Nightly)] [Forums] [JIRA]

Alpha Warning!

This is an alpha version so do not just throw us away when your computer blows up while using this version, do please tell us what happened! Getting feedback from users are very important for us.

Use the Forums and/or JIRA to provide feedback. Thank you!

Upgrade to Ganymede

This release will only work with Eclipse 3.4/Ganymede.

We recommend you do not use update site to go from Eclipse 3.3 to Eclipse 3.4 - instead download the full binary from Eclipse. To get the optional TPTP and BIRT integration to show up see the list of Eclipse drivers we used for JBoss Tools 3.x here

If you can only use Eclipse 3.3 use JBoss Tools 2.1.2, but JBoss Tools 2.x will not have any of the new features.


There is a lot going on in 3.x, but the following are the new feature highlights:

  • Graphical Seam pages.xml editor, visual view and editing of page and exception navigation
  • Faster editing in Visual Page Editor and the source tab is back!
  • EL Variable substitution, allowing users to specify what a EL variable should be evaluated to; allowing includes and image references in pages that uses EL to be visualized.
  • Project archives can use relative paths and Eclipse variables allowing for more portable .packages files
  • Dali support for Hibernate, use Hibernate as a JPA platform in Eclipse JPA projects.
  • Portlet wizard and facet with support for JSF/Seam via the Portlet Bridge
  • JBossWS WTP support, enable usage of JBossWS in WTP web services functionality
  • Eclipse BIRT support, we added a Hibernate backed datasource for Eclipse BIRT and experimental Seam/JSF tags for using BIRT charts and reports.

...and more. See the full change list in jira and see more details and screenshots in What's'New

Have fun!

p.s. the JBoss Tools Drink is one of the suggestions we got for a JBoss Tools identity - I'll blog about that later, but if you got other suggestions let us know.

21. Aug 2008, 20:39 CET | Link

It's great to get the JBoss Tools via an update site instead of downloading the nightly build version manually. Thx for that!

22. Aug 2008, 03:03 CET | Link

JBoss Tools Drink it's very nice. I think the is impossibile drink from that glass. My compliment for the new version.

22. Aug 2008, 03:32 CET | Link

Great to see you all working so hard on JBoss Tools. I look forward to the 3.0 release.

10. Sep 2008, 02:24 CET | Link
Antonio Gurisatti | agurisatti(AT)

I've been using JBOss tools 2.1.x for about a year now in combination with seam, richfaces, facelets and Hibernate JPA and it is great. The new version looks even better!! I'll start testing it right now!! Thanks a lot to you pepople for such a good tool.

18. Sep 2008, 06:02 CET | Link

What is the connection between JBoss Tools and developer Studio?

What is the benefit of one or the other?

25. Sep 2008, 19:52 CET | Link

Mari, see where I explain the connection/benefit:

JBoss Developer Studio (JBDS) is JBoss and Red Hat's Java developer offering where you for 99$ gets access to an easy-to-install Eclipse based IDE fully configured and ready to run with the bundled JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 4.2. The advantage is that you get access to the fully supported JBoss binaries and that you after the download get a no-fuzz installation and everything is ready to run out-of-the-box. Furthermore you get entitlements to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and other Red Hat software. Please note that Developer Studio is cross-platform and is available for Windows and Linux today and we plan to have a Mac OS X available in the new year.