Java EE IDE MyEclipse Gets an Update

Genuitec LLC, creator of the MyEclipse Java EE integrated development environment (IDE), is planning to announce a new "enterprise anywhere" edition of its flagship dev tool next week at the EclipseCon conference in Boston. The MyEclipse 2013 IDE will come with a new set of mobile capabilities with HTML5 at the center.

"HTML5 is a central technology of the future for the enterprise," said Wayne Parrott, Genuitec's VP of product development, in a statement. "And our tools are built on the Eclipse platform, so they're available to literally tens of millions of developers around the world."  

MyEclipse 2013 supports new app development for Android, iPhone, iPod and iPad devices with HTML5 using the open source Apache Cordova framework, a platform for building native mobile apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Cordova is designed to allow developers to build an app without native code, using Web technologies hosted in the app locally. The result is an app that's portable among device platforms with few changes.

MyEclipse 2013 comes with upgrades to its Workbench product, which supports the Apache Maven build automation and software comprehension technology. App Center Builder provides developers with cloud-based building, testing and deployment.

The new release also allows developers to bootstrap projects with jQuery mobile templates. JQuery is the free, open source, cross-browser JavaScript library designed to simplify the client-side scripting of HTML. And the company continues to emphasize the IDE's ability to bring legacy apps and business services into the mobile world.

This version of the IDE has something to offer Genuitec's IBM WebSphere clients: a one-step migration wizard for moving projects from IBM Rational tools. This release also slims down by replacing the configuration center with a new Secure Delivery Center (SDC). The SDC is designed to allow devs to add and remove different components from MyEclipse "in a more simplified manner," while allowing them to install software from proprietary tool libraries and even the public Eclipse marketplace. The SDC also allows teams to share profiles and configurations, and there's a license management feature designed to allow devs to activate MyEclipse behind the firewall.

The company also boasts general improvements to its Java EE Wizards, including a "better selection of Java/EE versions" and the ability to add support for the Maven Java build tool with a mouse click.

Flower Mound, Texas-based Genuitec's MyEclipse is both a Java EE IDE and a Web development tool suite for the Eclipse platform. The company promotes the tool for developers using UML, JSP, XML, Struts, JSF and EJBs. It supports AJAX, Web Services development, Java Persistence, extended database support and application server integration. The company is a founding member of the Eclipse Foundation.

The company offers MyEclipse via subscription in several editions, including MyEclipse, MyEclipse Pro and MyEclipse Blue. The MyEclipse 2013 release is set for April 1. More information is available on the company Web site.

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