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    Good J2EE plugin for Eclipse IDE

    Does anyone know of a good J2EE plugin for Eclipse IDE? Something that can compare with Borland JBuilder's J2EE development tools maybe?

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    While browsing the eclipse plugin site ( http://eclipse-plugins.2y.net/eclipse/plugins.jsp ) I found these two:

    -> http://www.myeclipseide.com/index.php
    -> http://www.objectlearn.com/index.html

    I believe that there aren't many J2EE plugins available for Eclipse yet. I Haven't yet tried them because I am still starting to get into J2EE (I am the very early beginning, Tomcat is running so far )

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    Thanks Chris. I'm going to try them and will post here my experiences.

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    OK some first impressions.

    Lomboz (from objectlearn) seems very good. There's almost full J2EE development support, with easy EJB creation. There's also integration with app servers. Much like Borland JBuilder! And that's saying a lot.

    MyEclipse is less polished - there is no EJB support, only JSP, servlets and applets. Very web-based.

    I think I'm going to stick with Lomboz which seems an much more polished product.

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    You should check out the latest release of the Myeclipse Enterprise Workbench at www.myeclipseide.com. This relese will be available June 18th and will provide native JSP debuging for all application servers that support JSR045. Check them out

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    MyEclipse Enterprise Workbench

    MyEclipse is less polished - there is no EJB support, only JSP, servlets and applets. Very web-based.
    While this was true when you looked at the early access release of MyEclipse in May, the current commercial release has full support for EJB's and XDoclet. A high-level feature list looks like this:

    Web Development Tools
    - Smart editors with code completion and syntax coloring: JSP, HTML, XML, and CSS.
    - JSP syntax validation
    - native JSP source debugging - full support for JSR045.
    - Customizable creation templates for JSP's, HTML, XML, Servlets, and Applets.
    - Preview of JSP/HTML code in editors.
    - XDoclet Support

    Productivity Wizards
    - Creation of Web, EAR and EJB projects.
    - Java Project to Web Project enablements.
    - EJB Wizards
    - Sync-on-Demand automated deployment of applications to integrated servers.
    - Archive-based deployment (EAR & WAR)

    Application Server Integration
    - Bejy, JBoss, Oracle, Orion, Tomcat, WebLogic and WebSphere.
    - Integrated controls for starting, stopping servers.
    - Full hot swap debugging support for deployed applications.

    Packaging and Installation
    - Windows and Linux support.
    - Professional installer.
    - Free online support.
    - Documentation and tutorials.
    - Only $30 / year

    Free 30 day trial available.

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    Hi, if you are using JBoss as your web app server, then by all means I'd recommand Jboss-IDE. Can't beat that! (and best of all everything is free )

    Hope this helps

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    I agree about the JBoss-ide. I've been working with that for the last few hours, and though I've not done extensive testing yet, it seems decent enough. I run JBoss, so i figured anything that'd make it easier to deploy to JBoss would be good.

    I was using WTP (Web Tools Platform), and that's also nice, but its jsp support isn't the best.
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