The jointly developed product is available as a plug-in to STS and gives users the ability to take their code and use it any way they want without vendor or aspects lock-in, said Todd Williams, vice president of technology for Genuitec. Genuitec and Skyway are quite familiar with Eclipse - which STS is based on -- and Spring. Genuitec is a founding and strategic member of the Eclipse Foundation, and Skyway Software is a SpringSource Certified Solution Partner.
"One of the thematic pain points for STS and Spring Roo is that developers are required to use unfamiliar domain-driven design patterns (which utilize aspects and code weaving) that make Spring technologies less accessible to the enterprise," Genuitec's Williams said in a statement. "By bringing MyEclipse for Spring's easy code editors, wizards and scaffolding capabilities directly into the STS environment, developers are entirely free to utilize high-quality Spring tooling, but now have flexible coding options which use the controller, service, domain, and DAO [Direct Access Object] architecture patterns they're already familiar with."
Spring Roo is an open source software tool that uses convention-over-configuration principles to provide rapid application development of Java-based enterprise software. SpringSource says Roo is a lightweight developer tool that makes it fast and easy to deliver instant results. Using Roo, developers code in Java and get to reuse their existing Java knowledge and skills.
"Our primary goal was to give STS developers new options for building and deploying Spring applications that complement the free tooling available from SpringSource with the commercial Spring tooling capabilities that MyEclipse users have come to enjoy," said a Genuitec blog post on the new tools.
"Spring Roo is a free generation option available from SpringSource which is bundled with STS," the Genuitec blog said. "Roo is a nice piece of technology that can automate a lot of the tedious aspects of building Java Spring applications. While there is overlap between MyEclipse for Spring and Roo, there are different design philosophies and development approaches in each offering, and MyEclipse for Spring is all about giving Spring developers additional options."
MyEclipse for Spring allows developers to scaffold Google Web Toolkit, Spring MVC, Spring Web Flow, Adobe Flex and Apple iPhone applications simultaneously - a capability not found in STS or Spring Roo. Scaffolding is easily generated from multiple types of existing data sources, providing maximum flexibility.
"Enterprises that are building Spring applications are often required to conform to internal guidelines and architectural standards," said Jack Kennedy, founder and vice president of product delivery for Skyway Software, in a statement. "These requirements can dictate that developers utilize only Spring 2.5 or interface with only production releases of supporting technologies like GWT [Google Web Toolkit]. With MyEclipse for Spring, these enterprises are well supported with an intuitive, powerful solution that frees developers to use the technologies, standards and best practices required of them without sacrificing their existing technology investments. We're excited to provide a commercially-supported solution that allows Spring developers to generate code the way they develop it - without compromises."
MyEclipse for Spring STS Edition is a plug-in to STS specially priced at $99 annually, and also includes access to the full MyEclipse for Spring IDE solution. Developers can download either edition by visiting: http://www.myeclipseide.com/me4s.