Eclipse Web Tools Platform: Java Developer Software Pick for the week

A few days back, the Eclipse foundation released version 1.0 of the Eclipse Web Tools Platform. With all the features packed into Eclipse WTP 1.0, it’s our Java developer pick for the week.

The Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP) project extends the Eclipse platform with tools for developing J2EE Web applications. The WTP project includes the following tools:

* Source editors for HTML, Javascript, CSS, JSP, SQL, XML, DTD, XSD, and WSDL
* Graphical editors for XSD and WSDL
J2EE project builders, and models and a J2EE navigator
* A Web service wizard and explorer, and WS-I Test Tools
* Database access and query tools and models.

Eclipse WTP 1.0 is an extensible, standards-based tool platform for developing J2EE and Web applications. WTP has already been adopted by the leading J2EE suppliers, including BEA, Borland, IBM, JBoss and ObjectWeb.

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You can download WTP 1.0 from here. The Eclipse download mechanism has always been confusing and it’s difficult for beginners to figure out which project/files they require. The FAQ section should help or you could download the all-in-one package.


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0 thoughts on “Eclipse Web Tools Platform: Java Developer Software Pick for the week

  • September 10, 2007 at 6:41 am

    > can some one name a Bank , Stock ex, post service , Payment system ,insurance , …
    > which is running on PHP ?

    Actually I can say a huge automated stock ex/bank is running PHP for it’s full automatic stock exchange system. However this is not made public. I’m sure this is the case with much more sites of this kind, and not only for the company I work for.

  • January 9, 2006 at 5:57 am

    The Update Site is still being prepared for 1.0. It is schedule to be available mid-January.

  • December 30, 2005 at 7:50 am

    The informations about installation provided at don’t work. WTP does not show up in the ‘ update site’ tree node at all.

    It’s also quite funny (to me) that every eclipse plugin provides the same FAQ entry, i.e.
    1. Click on the Help menu, and then Software Updates > Find and Install… to open the Install/Update wizard.
    2. Select Search for new features to install and click Next.

    This is necessary because no sane person on earth would expect the plugin install feature in the help menu. This is about as intuitive as ‘Start -> Shutdown’ on Windows… :upset

    Other products like jEdit won’t ever need such an installation instruction at all as their plugin installation/management is pretty intuitive.

    This is only one silly eclipse annoyance of many more.

    Eclipse is simply cheap (read: free) but no way great. Idea is great (but expensive).

  • December 29, 2005 at 11:43 am

    The IDE built over Eclipse WebTools 1.0 should be even better than the base

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