Hello All, We have been developing J2EE applications for almost 2 years. We have been using Eclipse as our IDE, a custom built framework, and deploying to a Jboss/Tomcat environment. Soon we will be forced to deploy to a Websphere server. Our custom built framework isn�t all that good and so we are looking at Struts. We currently use Together Control Center for diagramming and were considering switching if it makes sense. From what I understand I could get a somewhat integrated version of Rational XDE (aka Rational Rose) with WSAD. What do you all think about moving from Eclipse to WSAD? I currently have no plug-ins in Eclipse. Are there plug-ins that I could load up on Eclipse to make it a better option than WSAD? Are there any benefits for using WSAD and XDE together? What about benefits of using WSAD and Struts together? As you can see I�m full of questions. Any help would be welcome. Thanks, Alan
Alan, If you are deploying to Websphere, I would strongly recommend WSAD. It makes deployment much simpler. While some commercial plugins make Eclipse better for development, they won't give you the deployment support that WSAD has. WSAD & Struts - WSAD 5 offers some Struts support. You can look at the navigation graphically among other things. These two definitely go well together. I haven't yet used XDE, so I can't give any feedback on that. On UML, WSAD 5 lets you reverse engineer class diagrams from your code.
I'd suggest that you ask IBM to send out one of our Worldwide sales team technical sales folks to demonstrate WSAD to you. I believe that your socks will be knocked off by the capabilities of WSAD 5.1, even without XDE, but that XDE will please you a lot as well. In your case, I think a picture (well, a demo) will be worth well over 1000 words. Kyle
Thanks for the replies everyone! I am in contact with some people from IBM to get the lowdown from their perspective and a trial version. Is there anyone out there that would like to add anything or voice their opinions (maybe someone that doesn't work for IBM)? I am curious about something that Jeanne said. What commercial addins for eclipse could make it a better place to develop?
Alan, See the discussion in this thread about plugins for graphical development. I don't work for IBM, but I do use WSAD. It is a very powerful tool and saves a lot of time developing. Most of the commercial plugins provide functionality that is in WSAD, but WSAD provides much more than that.