Rational Application Developer v9.5 Beta (June) bundles the latest version of the IBM Eclipse Tools for Bluemix which includes 3 main features and a number of bug fixes, performance and usability improvements, tools are more responsive and provides better error handling, with the support for incremental publish only changed applications are refreshed instead of refreshing all applications on the server. .
- Map and unmap projects to cloud applications
- Service creation wizard improvements
- Bluemix Dedicated support
- Password update
To try the new features first we need to create an IBM Bluemix server:
- Open Rational Application Developer v9.5 Beta (June).
- Right click the Servers view > New > Server > IBM Bluemix.
- Enter your IBM ID user/password and click Next.
- Select the Organization and Space you want to work with and click Finish.
- The new server will be added to the Servers view.
Map and unmap projects to cloud applications
One of the most interesting and useful features of this Eclipse Tools For Bluemix release is the ability to Map and unmap projects in the workspace to deployed applications in Bluemix, enabling several developers to work in the same application, or to work with application deployed outside the tools. In previous releases, when an application was deployed outside of the tools, you had to remove the application from the server before you could publish that same application from the tools. The new map and unmap project feature allows you to map or unmap project to an existing application that is deployed outside of the Tools without redeploying the application to Bluemix. To map a project, right click on an existing application in the Servers view and select Map to Project
Service creation wizard improvements
The service creation wizard has been redesigned to:
- Support the creation of multiple services and multiple instances of the same service in a single wizard flow.
- Show service icons so you can easily find services.
- Select free service plans by default.
Bluemix Dedicated support
Bluemix Dedicated is your own Bluemix environment, hosted in an isolated SoftLayer instance, Eclipse Tools for Bluemix now support connecting to a dedicated Bluemix instance. You can click on the Manage Cloud button in the Bluemix server creation wizard and add the dedicated Bluemix URL to connect to it.
A dialog will be launched, here you can enter the URL of your Bluemix instance:
Cloud Foundry CLI integration
In this Beta release, we are making available the list of Cloud Foundry commands by integrating with CF CLI and the ability to launch a CF CLI Terminal directly from the workbench. This new feature has been enabled for all project types such as simple Web and Node.js projects, offering developers the option to switch between Eclipse-based tools and CLI commands for working with CF-based implementations such as IBM Bluemix, as supported by Cloud Foundry.
RAD users targeting IBM Bluemix would find this feature especially handy with the ability to perform operations such as the creation of organizations, spaces and domains; registering new buildpacks, changing quotas, etc, that are not currently available through the Eclipse-based tools. For a complete list of CF CLI commands, please refer to the Cloud Foundry page as follows: https://docs.cloudfoundry.org/devguide/installcf/whats-new-v6.html
To launch the terminal:
- Right click the project in the workspace.
- Select Cloud Foundry > Open in Terminal:
- The terminal will be launched in the context of the project:
- In this terminal you can start to input your Cloud Foundry commands:
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- To find out more about Rational Application Developer V9.5 Beta, visit our Early Program site.
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