VMware's Cloud Foundry Eclipse Integration Supports Tunneling

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-08-03 Print this article Print

VMware’s Cloud Foundry team announced that its integration for Eclipse now supports tunneling to services.

VMware€™s Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service team has announced a new release of Cloud Foundry Integration for Eclipse, which features the ability to open a tunnel to any Cloud Foundry data service.

With the new integration, Eclipse users can use familiar client applications to directly analyze, manipulate or port the data contained in their Cloud Foundry applications, said Nieraj Singh, a member of the Cloud Foundry team, in a blog post.

€œThe Cloud Foundry Data Tunneling service can be created from the Services table in the Cloud Foundry Eclipse server editor,€ Singh said. €œThe new integration (version 1.1.0) allows users to create data tunneling (also known as €˜Caldecott€˜) from within Eclipse Indigo JEE or SpringSource Tool Suite (STS) version 2.9.0 or higher.€

The tunneling capability means developers using the popular Eclipse IDE can now use familiar client applications to directly analyze, manipulate, or port the data contained in their Cloud Foundry applications. This marks another important step in making sure Cloud Foundry delivers the best developer experience and doesn't force developers to change the way they create apps when moving to cloud, VMware officials said.

Singh said the process of creating a tunnel requires services to be bound to the tunneling application. Cloud Foundry will automatically stop a running Caldecott application, bind the service and restart the application to create the tunnel, he added. Therefore, existing tunnels may be closed when a new tunnel is created, if the desired service was not previously bound to the tunneling application. Multiple tunnels can be opened to different services in your account at the same time, as long as all the related services are already bound to the Caldecott application prior to creating the data tunnels, he said.

Meanwhile, €œUsing the service tunnel information, database connections can then be created with the Eclipse Data Source Explorer, which is available by default in STS and Eclipse Indigo JEE installations,€ Singh said.

Cloud Foundry Integration for Eclipse 1.1.0 can be installed or updated from the official update site: http://dist.springsource.com/release/TOOLS/cloudfoundry/


Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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