[jboss-user] [Beginner's Corner] - Re: Please! PLEASE! PLEASE! Just ONE Getting-started exa

PeterJ do-not-reply at jboss.com
Thu Sep 3 11:43:20 EDT 2009

JBoss Tools is open source and free.

The download page is easy to find. From the tabs at the top of this web page, hover over Projects and in the drop-down menu hover over Tools and in the second-level menu click Tools. That takes you to the Tool home page (http://www.jboss.org/tools). Click the big Downloads and Updates icon which takes you to the downloads page (http://www.jboss.org/tools/download.html). On that page, right-click the "JBoss Tools 3.1 :: Eclipse 3.5.0" link under the "Development Updates" heading (it's the middle column), and copy the link to your clipboard (in Firefox the option is "Copy Link Location", the IE wording is "Copy shortcut").

Then in Eclipse 3.5 (the "Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers" Ganymede package), click Help | Install New Software, and in the Avialable Software dialog box click Add, then paste the link you got from the Tools download page into the Location field of the Add Site dialog box.

Tools is a bundling of many separate plugins. I usually install only the few I need:

Hibernate Tools
JBoss Archives Tools
JBoss Portlet
JBoss Tools RichFaces
JBoss WebServices Tools
JBossAS Tools
Seam Tools
JBoss Maven Integration (install m2eclipse first!)
TPTP Profile On JBoss Server

You can, instead,  select everything except "JBoss Birt Integration" (unless you have BIRT installed this option gives missing dependecy errors).

The docs and tutorials are at http://docs.jboss.org/tools/3.1.0.M2/. I have tried several of them, but it has been a while since I did that so I cannot vouch as to if they are up-to-date or not. One of the things I have found is that the UI is in constant flux with Tools and that the diagrams in the docs occasionally differ from what I see on screen, but I can typically muddle through.

In addition, there are several screencasts at http://docs.jboss.org/tools/movies/ that show how to do specific things. Once again, they might not be up-to-date with the latest UI.

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