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Updates to IBM Eclipse Tools for Bluemix

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The latest version of the IBM Eclipse Tools for Bluemix is now available for download. Two major features of this update are remote application debug and incremental publish of J2EE applications. These additions make application development in Bluemix easier than ever.

Below are the highlighted capabilities introduced in this update:

  • Remote debug applications that are running in Bluemix
    A remote application debug capability has been introduced for J2EE applications and Liberty servers that are published from the tools. After an application has been deployed to Bluemix, you can right click on the application in the Servers view and select Enable Application Debug. The application will be restarted in debug mode so that you can debug the selected application directly from Eclipse.
    Remote debug applications that are running in Bluemix

  • Incremental publish of application in Bluemix
    In the past, a single line of code change required the entire application to be redeployed. With the introduction of incremental publish support, the tools can now publish only the changed files to Bluemix and the changes will take place immediately without a redeploy of the entire application. After an application has been deployed to Bluemix, you can right clicking on the application from the Servers view and select Enable Development Mode. When the application is running in Development Mode, you can incrementally publish your application to the Bluemix server just as if you are doing local development. You just need to push the Publish button and the magic will happen!
    Incremental publish of application in Bluemix

  • Run on Server for JavaScript files
    After a JavaScript application has been deployed to Bluemix, you can now choose a different entry point JavaScript file by right clicking on the file > Run As > Run on Server. The application will be removed from the server and re-installed with the selected file as the entry point JavaScript file. In addition, the browser will automatically launch to run the entry point JavaScript file after the application has started.
    RunOnServer

  • Remove unused routes
    When an application is published to Bluemix, a route is automatically created for you. A new Remove button has been added under the Routes section on the Applications and Services page on the server editor to allow you to find and delete unused routes.
    Remove unused routes

In addition to adding new functions, we have also included a number of bug fixes in this version.

If you are new to the IBM Eclipse Tools for Bluemix or you want to find out more about them, you can find more information below:

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