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Eclipse to WSAD & XDE & Struts?

 
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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
 
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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.
 
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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.
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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?
 
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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.
 
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