Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Eclipse WTP Tools - Free Module Available to All

We have a new short module for download, at VirtualPairProgrammers.com

When we write our training courses at VirtualPairProgrammers, we are careful to make as much of the course as possible "IDE Neutral". In other words, we want the courses to be useful whether you're using Eclpse, or NetBeans, or IntelliJ, or some other environment (and some still use command line compilers).

We manage this by using a simple Ant script to build and deploy our code to an application server (Glassfish on the JavaEE course, Tomcat on the other courses) - and we've made it so you don't even need to understand Ant to make it work (although I'd recommend any Java developer get to know Ant - it's old and clunky but it still has a lot of value).

In avoiding using particular development environments, it does mean that the courses miss out on showing you how plugins can help. As a kind of appendix to our courses, we've produced a short module (2 sessions of 30 minutes each) showing how the WTP plugins for Eclipse work. There's nothing very complicated in the module, but it does show you how easy it can be to run a Tomcat instance inside Eclipse, whilst automatically deploying your code each time you make a change.

The modules are designed with existing customers in mind, but if you haven't used a VirtualPairProgrammers.com course before, and you're curious, you can download the entire module for free at www.virtualpairprogrammers.com. Just add the product to your cart, go to the checkout and then you'll get access to the course for free.

Do let me know if you find this short module useful - if there's enough interest I'll create a module for NetBeans and maybe IntelliJ.

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