Development and assembly tools
Use an Integrated Development Environment to develop, assemble, and deploy Java EE modules for WebSphere Application Server.
The IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software product and the IBM WAS Developer Tools for Eclipse product are supported tools for integrated development environments.
This information center refers to the products as the assembly tools. However, we can use the products to do more than assemble modules. Use these tools in an integrated development environment to develop, assemble, and deploy Java EE modules.
IBM WAS Developer Tools for Eclipse is a lightweight set of tools for developing, assembling, and deploying Java EE applications to WAS v7.0 and later. This workbench integrates with the application server to help you to quickly deploy and test applications. This product contains wizards and visual editors that support the Java EE programming model. The download for WAS Developer Tools for Eclipse is available on the WASdev community website at http://developer.ibm.com/wasdev.
The Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software is a more extensive set of tools supporting enterprise development. This workbench has integrated support for WAS v7.0 and later. This workbench also supports both the OSGi and Java EE programming models, and contains wizards and visual editors to help you develop Web 2.0, Java, and Java EE applications. This product contains code quality tools to help you analyze code and improve performance. This product integrates with Rational Team Concert to provide a team-based environment to help developers share information and work collaboratively. The Trial download for Rational Application Developer is available at http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rad/.
For documentation on the tools, see Rational Application Developer documentation. Topics on application assembly in this information center supplement that documentation.
Important: The assembly tools run on Windows, Linux Intel, and Mac operating systems. Users of WAS on all platforms must assemble their modules using an assembly tool installed on Windows, Linux Intel, or Mac operating systems. To install an assembly tool, follow instructions available with the tool.
Assemble applications Obtain an integrated development environment (IDE) Assembling EJB 3.x modules Install WAS Developer Tools for Eclipse WebSphere Developer Tools documentation Rational Application Developer documentation Trial: Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software WASdev community