JBoss Tools is a set of plugins for Eclipse that complements, enhances and goes beyond the support that exists for JBoss and related technologies in the default Eclipse distribution.
JBoss Developer Studio is a fully bundled Eclipse distribution which not only includes the majority of JBoss Tools but also all its needed dependencies and 3rd party plugins allowing for an easy one-click and no-fuss installation.
If you are into doing your own bleeding edge eclipse plugin assembly, JBoss Tools is for you; if you are more into having something that "Just Works" then JBoss Developer Studio is the way to go.
JBoss Developer Studio comes with everything pre-bundled in its installer. Simply download it from our early access site and run it like this:
java -jar jbdevstudio-<installername>.jar
Note: if you are on Windows or Mac OSX 64-bit we recommend you ensure to select the 32-bit option in the multi-platform installer to get Visual Page editor working and use much less memory.
JBoss Tools requires a bit more:
This release requires at least Eclipse 4.2 but we recommend using the Eclipse 4.2 JEE Bundle since then you get most of the dependencies preinstalled.
Note: SOA tooling for BPEL, Drools, Guvnor, jBPM, ESB, Modeshape, pi4soa, Savara, SwitchYard & Teiid are no longer included in the JBoss Tools release. They will become available separately later.
Bring Your Own Eclipse
This beta introduces JBoss Developer Studio BYOE (Bring Your Own Eclipse) which allow you to install the plugins provided and supported in JBoss Developer Studio to your own existing Eclipse installation from Eclipse Marketplace.
If unavailable soon from "Help > Eclipse Marketplace...", simply click the link above to browse the Marketplace entry, then drag the link there into your Eclipse.
We are eager to hear how this BYOE option work for you and do please let us know ASAP if you spot issues with this new and more flexible way of installing Developer Studio! Thank you!
Multiple OpenShift Servers
OpenShift now allows you to connect to multiple OpenShift servers, i.e. your own Origin server as well as hosted openshift.
See the full list of changes in Alpha1, Alpha2 and now Beta1 at the What's New and Noteworthy and of course a good bunch of bug fixes and adjustments for running well in Eclipse 4.2/Juno.