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WSO2 Developer Studio 3.5 Enhances Cloud Integration, Support for Application Life Cycle Management and DevOps, and JavaScript Development

More enterprises are deploying their composite applications and Web services both on servers and in the cloud. In the process, they often face a dizzying array of tools required to support different deployment scenarios, adding complexity and redundancy to IT projects. By contrast, the WSO2 Developer Studio integrated development environment (IDE) uniquely enables developers to write an application once and then deploy it on servers, in the cloud, or in a hybrid environment. Today, WSO2 builds on these capabilities with the availability of WSO2 Developer Studio 3.5.

The Eclipse-based WSO2 Developer Studio 3.5 IDE adds significant new functionality to facilitate cloud integration using the connectors recently launched with WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus (WSO2 ESB) 4.8, as well as support application life-cycle management (ALM) and DevOps with tooling for WSO2 App Factory and enhanced Apache Maven integration. The latest release of WSO2 Developer Studio also enhances JavaScript development, support for development using popular SOAP and REST APIs, and Web services security.

Server and Cloud Deployment from One IDE

Version 3.5 builds on WSO2 Developer Studio 3.1, which provides the tools for creating service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications, RESTful services, and composite applications based on the cloud-enabled WSO2 Carbon platform. With WSO2’s IDE, developers can create a Carbon Application (C-App) that includes services running on multiple WSO2 servers—for example WSO2 ESB, WSO2 Governance Registry, and WSO2 Application Server. After it is tested, the C-App then can be deployed into production on servers or in the cloud using a WSO2 Carbon Archive (CAR).

“As more of our Global 1000 customers implement their applications and services across a range of on-premises and cloud deployment models, WSO2 Developer Studio has become their IDE of choice to facilitate these deployments,” said Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana, WSO2 founder and CEO. “Version 3.5 of WSO2 Developer Studio builds on our commitment to support the demands facing these enterprises by providing tooling that brings a new level of ease in cloud integration, enables more robust ALM and DevOps, and enhances the experiences of developers in using their preferred languages and APIs.”

Richer Integration Tooling for WSO2 ESB

WSO2 Developer Studio 3.5 adds two significant capabilities that enable developers simplify their cloud integration and take advantage of popular WSO2 ESB functions within the IDE.

Cloud integration via connectors – with version 3.5, WSO2 Developer Studio adds tooling to help developers leverage the connectors recently introduced with WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus 4.8, including Salesforce.com, Google Spreadsheets, Twilio, Twitter, and JIRA. The tooling also supports connectors that are custom-built by WSO2 ESB consumers using the WSO2 connector kit. These connectors provide the foundation for both cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-enterprise integrations, while the tooling automates much of the process, eliminating hours of coding.

Developers can import the connector they want to use into WSO2 Developer Studio, which then provides the list of the connector’s operations on the mediator palette being used in the WSO2 ESB developer project. From there, developers can click on a desired option and drop it into the flow. Developers can combine multiple operations from multiple connectors along the request, response, and error paths, and the ordering of the connector operations can correspond to the desired business logic. Additionally, connector operations can be combined with the regular mediators in a mediation flow to fine-tune the business logic processing.

User interface enhancements to the ESB graphical editor facilitate the development mediation flows. A new visual tooling icon design helps developers to pick the right mediator while designing the ESB flow with minimal effort. The shape, color and the picture of the icon help developers pick mediators at a glance, removing the need to memorize mediator details. The icons also enable developers and other stakeholders to understand the sequences of proxy services at a glance, without having to read lengthy documentation. Finally, smooth movement and alignment of the icons along the sequences result in a clean layout that further enhances the readability of the resulting ESB flow design.

Support for ALM and DevOps

WSO2 Developer Studio 3.5 strengthens support for ALM and DevOps with new tooling for WSO2 App Factory and enhanced Apache Maven integration.

Complete tooling support for WSO2 App Factory facilitates the ability to manage the application development life cycle. A shared, self-service, multi-tenant and elastic enterprise DevOps platform, WSO2 App Factory empowers teams to collaboratively create, develop and deploy enterprise applications into cloud environments. New tooling in WSO2 Developer 3.5 provides the ability to check in, checkout, deploy and view build logs of a WSO2 App Factory application inside a single perspective (an Eclipse project type visualization). As a result, developers can focus on the development of business logic, without having to switch across perspectives.

Integration with Apache Maven, the open source build manager for Java projects, enables teams to automate builds with Maven, saving both developer and DevOps cycles. WSO2 Developer Studio 3.5 enhances this integration with performance enhancements to existing Maven plugins. It also adds new Maven plugins for recently introduced projects, including a new quality of service (QoS) Maven plug-in, which builds and packages a QoS descriptor for services with Maven, and Jaggery, a pure JavaScript server-side scripting engine.

Enhanced Support for JavaScript, SOAP and REST APIs, and Web Service Security

With version 3.5, WSO2 Developer Studio enhances tooling for application and Web service development, as well as strengthening Web services security.

JavaScript development is streamlined with three new capabilities in the WSO2 Developer Studio Editor supporting the Jaggery JavaScript server-side scripting engine. First, syntax error checking frees developers from having to check the documentation to find the right syntax. Second, Jaggery-related code assistance reduces errors in development, which can be carried over into deployment. Finally, Jaggery debugger integration allows users to easily debug, locate and fix issues they encounter in Jaggery applications.

Enhanced support for JAX-WS JAX-RS and Axis2 translates into enhanced service implementation models using the preferred APIs in the Java world for SOAP and REST style services.

Web services security is enhanced in WSO2 Developer Studio 3.5 with the addition of quality of service (QoS) enforcement. As a result, DevOps professionals no longer have to worry about accidentally deploying unsecured services into production.

Availability and Support

WSO2 Developer Studio 3.5 is available today both as a standalone Eclipse-based product and as a set of Eclipse plug-ins. Like all WSO2 middleware products, it is a fully open source solution that does not carry any licensing fees. It is released under the Apache License 2.0 and Eclipse Public License. WSO2 offers a range of service and support options for WSO2 Developer Studio, including development support.

About WSO2

WSO2 is the only company that provides a completely integrated enterprise application platform for enabling a business to build and connect APIs, applications, Web services, iPaaS, PaaS, software as a service and legacy connections without having to write code; using big data and mobile; and fostering reuse through a social enterprise store. Only with WSO2 can enterprises use a family of governed secure solutions built on the same code base to extend their ecosystems across the cloud and on mobile devices to employees, customers and partners in anyway they like. Hundreds of leading enterprise customers across every sector—health, financial, retail, logistics, manufacturing, travel, technology, telecom and more—in every region of the world rely on WSO2’s award-winning, 100% open source platform for their mission-critical applications. To learn more, visit http://wso2.com, or check out the WSO2 community on the WSO2 Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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