Summer is here and Red Hat summit is close - just in time to get a feature loaded Beta of JBoss Tools and Developer Studio!


JBoss Tools 4.1 and Developer Studio 7 Beta 1


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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.


This release is a Beta and is built against Kepler M7 (Eclipse 4.3M7) but should work with the ongoing Eclipse RC builds also too. When you report bugs/issues please mention which Eclipse Kepler build you used.


From within Eclipse Kepler you can use the Marketplace or Download Developer Studio and be sure to have the exact correct Eclipse base.



This time we got a wide range of new features/improvements and we got a video showing some of these:



And below is some of these highlights plus a few extras that did not made it into the video.



In the previous release we added LiveReload support to eclipse allowing you to have your browser automatically refresh (live reload) when saving files in Eclipse - no need to going back and forth your editor and the browser.


This only worked for file:// based urls though. Content served out from a server (i.e. localhost) was refreshed too early and you could not use it for remote devices like a tablet - this is now possible in Beta1 with Server Mode and LiveReload Proxy


Server Mode


Server mode means you can use live reload not only for plain HTML pages but also when editing JSF content like xhtml. Giving you fast and easy feedback.


This works automatically for any JBoss server adapters - no setup needed besides creating and starting Live Reload server from Eclipse and use Live Reload plugin in your browser.


LiveReload Proxying

If your browser does not have the live reload plugin, for example on your tablet or mobile phone or you want to use Safari browser, it is normally requried to manually add the livereload.js in every html.

That can be tedious and requires changes to files you might not want to commit to your source repository - thus we've added so called "LiveReload Proxying".

It is enabled by clicking "Enable Proxy" server and this allow you to proxy your file:// urls and have it served out on localhost:35729/<projectname>/<filepath>.


For security reasons, we don't enable remote connections by default, thus if you want mobile devices to be able to load the page, enable "Allow Remote Connections"

and finally enable "Inject the livereload.js script in HTML pages" to have live reload automatically work in browsers without the live reload plugin.


Try it out and let us know if you like it.


BrowserSim synched browsing

BrowserSim used to do testing of your web pages on mobile devices with a beautiful skin now has support for showing and synchronize browsing across multiple devices.

This is useful to view both horizontal and landscape mode at the same time but also to view how layout is different on different devices.


Forge 1 Wizards

The majority of the feedback we got for the awesome integration of Forge into Eclipse was that many preferred to use a wizard over only having access to a "command line style" UI.

Part of Forge 2 is to make that happen natively but is not released yet - thus in this version we've fronted some of the Forge 1 commands with wizards to make Forge 1 easier to use today.


You find these wizards under "File > New > JBoss Tools".


More HTML5/Mobile

The html5/mobile jquery palette added support for more elements and fixed a bug that prevented preview to work on OSX.


OpenShift Git streaming

Ever since we added OpenShift support to Eclipse we've had the problem that EGit did not allow streaming of console output when performing a push.

This mean that when doing a long running push Eclipse would just have a blank console and show "Push in progress".


In Kepler M7, EGit now includes our contribution of allowing this meaning Git users and OpenShift users can and will get streaming of the console output

and you can now see what is going on.


Windows 64-bit Visual Page Editor

A long standing issue for our Visual Page Editor is the lack of proper Windows 64-bit XULRunner integration.


Carsten Pfeiffer did an awesome contribution and made this happen. There are still some issues to figure out so we have

not enabled it by default but in Beta 1 if you with Windows 64 bit you will see the following:

And if you follow the link you will be told to try install XULRunner from

and you should get:


We would love to hear if this works for you on Windows 64 bit or if you still see problems.


You can give your feedback on this bug


Hybrid Mobile via Apache Cordova

If you are into Mobile development we now have experimental support for developing Hybrid mobile applications with Apache Cordova.

You can create a "Hybrid Mobile" project and test and develop it using the Android SDK and XCode for iOS testing.


Note: this is only available as Experimental in JBoss Tools, not part of Developer Studio (yet)


To help testing hybrid mobile development we've extended our BrowerSim to use Ripple to provide a way to do portable testing (meaning you do not necessarily need Android or XCode installed to do development)

Give it a try


Note: this is only available as Experimental in JBoss Tools, not part of Developer Studio (yet)



As a last but definitely not least feature we've added in tooling to enhance your experience with Arquillian.

You can now easily enable it on Maven projects (we add in the proper dependencies and profiles) and then provide configuration of a JUnit launch with Arquillian specific features.


And there is an Arquillia Cruiser view  to show what the archive will contain.


Note: this is only available as Experimental in JBoss Tools, not part of Developer Studio (yet)

Where is WildFly ?

The JBoss AS project was recently renamed to WildFly and did their first Alpha1 release. We plan on adding adapter specifically for WildFly in next release.


For now you should be able to use JBoss AS7.1 and EAP 6.1 adapter since Wildfly is still compatible with these.


Giving Feedback

There are more news and screenshots in What's New, and if you got an idea to an improvement or found a bug do not hestiate to open an issue in our issue tracker.


What's Next ?

We plan on having an additional Beta2 based on feedback from this release thus please give it a try, contact us on our forum with feedback and irc if you are interested in contributing!


Have fun!