CloudBees Launches Eclipse Toolkit for Java Cloud Developers

CloudBees delivers a new Eclipse plug-in to help Java programmers develop, build and deploy cloud applications.

CloudBees, maker of the DEV@cloud Java Platform as a Service, has announced the general availability of its CloudBees Eclipse toolkit plug-in.

The CloudBees Eclipse plug-in provides Java developers with a more integrated process for developing, building and deploying their cloud applications, said Harpreet Singh, senior director of product management at CloudBees. The CloudBees Eclipse toolkit links the power of the CloudBees Platform with the integrated development environment (IDE) of choice for Java developers. The toolkit provides enhanced productivity with the ability to develop, build and deploy in the cloud through a given Eclipse IDE and makes CloudBees the only platform that brings the entire application development lifecycle in the cloud to developers, Singh said.

The CloudBees toolkit lets developers access SCM repositories that can be optionally hosted on CloudBees. Developers can also create, delete and manage Jenkins jobs - both on the cloud -- via CloudBees' DEV@cloud service -- and on-premise with Jenkins. Jenkins is an open-source continuous integration server with more than 300 plug-ins to support all kinds of software development.

Meanwhile, developers also can deploy applications seamlessly to the local CloudBees environment as well as in the cloud via CloudBees' RUN@cloud service. Developers can be up and ready in minutes by easily building starter applications through a simple wizard that allows them to try out the entire development-to-deployment in the cloud, CloudBees officials said.

In a July 8 blog post on the new toolkit, Singh said the CloudBees' new plug-in "streamlines builds and deployments by providing Java developers with the fastest Eclipse-to-the-cloud path anywhere. Now you can manage your entire development-build-deployment lifecycle in the cloud without ever leaving your Eclipse IDE."

Singh further explains that "CloudBees' DEV@cloud service provides the continuous integration capabilities of 'Jenkins as a Service' in the cloud, along with SVN and Git source code repositories and Maven repositories for builds. The Eclipse toolkit connects DEV@cloud directly to Eclipse, so you can create and monitor Jenkins jobs running on CloudBees inside Eclipse."

Moreover, on the deployment side, CloudBees' RUN@cloud Platform as a Service lets you quickly and easily deploy Java applications to the cloud -- without purchasing, configuring and maintaining hardware, and without programming applications for a specific underlying infrastructure service, Singh said.

And Singh said one-click access to Jenkins builds in the Eclipse window provides:

"Almost immediate feedback on your code changes - you'll know right away when the build breaksBuild and test environments that scale up or down as required by your project, without manual adjustments from you or other teamsAutomated deployment of applications in the cloud"

"CloudBees is pulling the benefits of the cloud right down to where developers want it," Singh said.

"Essentially, Cloudbees is blurring the lines between what is the desktop and what is the cloud for developers," said Bob Bickel, a company board member and advisor to CloudBees.