Amazon unveils EC2 plug-in for Eclipse

The move makes it easier for Java developers to write apps for the cloud

Amazon Web Services is hoping to entice more Java developers to build applications and services on its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) with a new plug-in for the popular Eclipse Java IDE (integrated development environment).

"In fact, you can design an entire AWS-hosted Tomcat-based cluster from within Eclipse," states a post made Tuesday to the official AWS blog, referring to the Tomcat application server.

"You can design your cluster, specifying the number of EC2 instances and the instance type to run," it states. "The plug-in will manage your cluster, starting up instances as needed and then keeping them alive as you develop, deploy, and debug."

Eclipse support represents "a first step" for AWS, according to the post. "We anticipate supporting additional languages and application servers (e.g. Glassfish, JBoss, WebSphere, and WebLogic) over time."

Java developers responded quickly and positively to the news on Wednesday.

The Eclipse plug-in is "a very smart idea," wrote developer Rob Williams in a blog post.

"I think it's a good move," added Forrester Research analyst Jeffrey Hammond via e-mail. "If cloud [computing] is going to move from early adopters to mainstream organizations, cloud development and configuration tools need to get better.

Going where developers already are -- in IDEs like Eclipse and Visual Studio -- is a definite move in the right direction."

Gartner analyst Lydia Leong noted in a blog post Wednesday that AWS' move is also a response to Microsoft's work to connect Visual Studio with its Azure cloud development platform.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags amazon ec2eclipseidejava

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Chris Kanaracus

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?