CloudBees Toolkit for Eclipse: Bringing the Cloud to Eclipse Developers

Written by: Harpreet Singh
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As a Java developer, you want to turn code around as quickly as possible, and you work hard to eliminate roadblocks and unnecessary work. Java developers everywhere are also trying to figure out - how they can take advantage of the cloud and bring that power to their apps or development.

As you write or update a piece of code, you may get frustrated when build deployment steps slow down the development process. Builds take time to setup, manage and monitor. Applications are difficult to provision or can't scale. You can't move as quickly as you need to.

Today CloudBees is proud to announce the GA of our new Eclipse toolkit, which 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.

Want Jenkins in Eclipse?

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. [Try it yourself! Just point to from within Eclipse and install the plugin.]

How about One-Click Cloud Deployment in Eclipse?

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 (IaaS). Just configure once, then take advantage of one-click deployment that is super quick due to the automatic incremental upload feature (we just upload the changes, not the entire project). Your apps automatically have full support for Security, SSL, Automatic Scale DUO (Down, Up and Out), Clustering, and session replication. And you don't have to lose time on painful negotiations with IT or DevOps to get your applications deployed, managed, and updated.

Support for both on premise and cloud builds and deployments

In addition to monitoring Jenkins builds on CloudBees, you can use the Eclipse plug-in to connect to your existing on-premise Jenkins jobs. So you won't need to fire up a browser to view the status of your builds. You just write code, push it to Jenkins and observe build status right through Eclipse.

With the CloudBees Eclipse toolkit, you can choose to either run in a local environment or you can deploy to the CloudBees RUN@cloud PaaS. If you want to deploy locally for easy application testing, it's as easy as saying "run as" on a local instance. Once you've tested your application and are ready to push it out to the cloud, just push a button in Eclipse to deploy it to RUN@cloud.

Now you have a choice in where you build and deploy, so you can transition to the cloud gradually, at whatever pace works best for you.

So, back to productivity...

The new Eclipse toolkit is yet another step in CloudBees ' march to help you accelerate and streamline the process of developing and deploying Java applications in the cloud. You will save time with... One click access to Jenkins builds in the Eclipse window

  • Almost immediate feedback on your code changes - you'll know right away when the build breaks

  • Build and test environments that scale up or down as required by your project, without manual adjustments from you or other teams

  • Automated deployment of applications in the cloud

With CloudBees, you're free to focus on your most important priority: writing high-quality code and getting it to market fast! Give it a try - it's free. Once you have an account, just point to from within Eclipse and get started -- you can be up and running with Jenkins and automated deployment inside Eclipse very quickly.

-- Harpreet

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