Jelastic, the provider of a Java cloud hosting platform, has announced the integration of the Jelastic platform as a service (PaaS) with Eclipse, the most popular integrated development environment (IDE) for Java development.
The new Jelastic plug-in for Eclipse facilitates development and deployment of Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) projects on this platform as developers can manage their deployments and hosting environments without switching between the IDE and the browser.
The key priority of Jelastic’s creators is to make cloud hosting of Java apps as easy as possible: That is why the platform supports integration with the most popular build systems, such as Maven, Ant, Hudson and Jenkins, and can now be integrated with Eclipse IDE. A special plug-in for Eclipse makes development of Java EE Web applications on the Jelastic platform much more convenient, since the developer can now log in to Jelastic and deploy the app in the cloud right from Eclipse, the company said.
“Working within the Eclipse IDE, you can pick and choose the features you want to use from the wide open-source world of plug-in options,” said Marina Sprava, public relations manager at Jelastic, in a blog post. “Also Eclipse has some of the best tooling available for JEE projects. Eclipse is more than a Java IDE, it serves a wide variety of purposes–from Java, AOP, Web, to C/C++ development.”
The Jelastic plug-in for Eclipse provides the developer with the ability to:
- manage (start, stop and so on) user environments;
- deploy Eclipse projects to Jelastic; and
- access server log files, and much more.
These functions are available from the Eclipse interface. Even though the Jelastic platform is designed to be simple and user-friendly, it still can be distracting and inconvenient to constantly switch between Eclipse and a browser. For many Java developers, Eclipse is at the core of their activities, so they will appreciate the opportunity to deploy an app in the cloud right from a familiar IDE, Jelastic officials said.
“A special plug-in makes development of Java EE Web applications on the Jelastic platform much more convenient, since the developer can now log in to Jelastic and deploy the app to the cloud right from Eclipse,” Sprava said.
The plug-in can be downloaded here or installed automatically from Eclipse. In the future, plug-ins for integration with other widely used IDEs will also be available, the company said.
The Jelastic PaaS received the Duke’s Choice Award 2012, the Java community’s most prestigious prize for technology leaders.