Genuitec’s MyEclipse Blue want’s to release you from being tied to RAD “expand your development horizons.” A leader in the Eclipse Foundation open source community Genuitec provides both platforms and development tools for developers and companies building applications using the Eclipse platform.
Founded by industry leaders Borland, IBM, MERANT, QNX Software Systems, Rational Software, Red Hat, SuSE, TogetherSoft and Webgain formed the initial eclipse.org Board of Stewards in November 2001. By the end of 2003, this initial consortium had grown to over 80 members. Today the Eclipse Foundation manages the IT infrastructure for the Eclipse open source community, including Git code repositories, Bugzilla databases, development oriented mailing lists and forums, download site and web site. The infrastructure is designed to provide reliable and scalable service for the communities developing with the Eclipse technology and the consumers who use the technology.
Genuitec’s MyEclipse Blue 2014, released early in March, “is an inexpensive, open source friendly tools stack updated to support the newest WebSphere version and now includes support for lightweight IBM Liberty Profile server,” according to their PR Web release.
The introduction, written by Genuitec’s Product Manager for MyEclipse Brian Fernandes, states, “We are excited to add IBM Liberty Profile server support into our technology portfolio. Now developers are readily able to develop and deploy applications to IBM’s WAS servers or to Liberty Profile – we’re giving IBM shops more flexibility for app development than even IBM has provided so far. The high adoption rate of our Blue technology speaks to the need for powerful app development tools to support existing IBM investments, such a WebSphere servers.”
The product site touts MyEclipse Blue’s ability to “Rapidly build applications for WebSphere and Liberty Profile servers. Easily configure WebSphere specific deployment descriptors, and quickly deploy applications with instant deploy technology across a number of WebSphere server versions.” The technology stack employed has assembled a broad spectrum of tech from multiple vendors to allow development and deployment to exist under one umbrella.
Called the “MyEclipse Blue Workbench” it gives IBM shops access to WebSphere Application Servers 5.1 – 8.5, Portal Servers 6 -8 and the Liberty Profile 8.5 connector which makes it even easier to develop applications against these servers. Future releases of MyEclipse Blue will feature continued focus on Liberty Profile support. Additionally, 14 new assist-based editors for WebSphere descriptor files have been added allowing for advanced development and cutting back on a developers need to recall the syntax of files, as they will now be able to simply click the file and make edits.
As a technology designed to coexist with IBM Rational tools, companies use MyEclipse Blue as an all-around Java development tool that can import existing RAD projects with one-click, or export projects back to RAD simply as well. MyEclipse Blue is lighter than IBM RAD, less expensive, yet more powerful as it features the latest open source and proprietary technologies, including being built on the latest Eclipse Kepler release.
If your organization is using IBM WebSphere you may want to consider development tools and environments like those that are made possible by open source communities. Tool sets like MyEclipse can make the time consuming tasks associated with developing new applications and cloud initiatives based on WebSphere technologies less of a strain on your internal development resources.