Plug JBoss, WebLogic, and WebSphere into NetBeans IDE 4.1
By Geertjan-Oracle on May 15, 2005
The three new plugins are still at a very early experimental stage, as indicated on the page referenced above (for example, I didn't get any server-specific deployment descriptors when I selected JBoss, WebLogic, or WebSphere as my target server), but it's cool to see that there's already something there. And, even at this stage, the advantage of starting the server as a plugin versus starting it from an Ant script is clear: You can see the server's status! The text [running] in the illustration above looks really trivial, but it's not. When you start a server from an Ant script (whether it's hooked up to a menu item or not), there's no way of knowing whether the server is stopped or started. Especially when it's been running for a while and you've been doing a whole bunch of things in between, it's more than likely that you'll be asking yourself: "Now, is that server running? Did I even start it? Hmmm. Let's stop it, just to make sure. And then I'll start it again." But now, with the plugins, this is not a question you'll need to ask anymore because the server's status is easy to determine -- just look in the Runtime window. Remember that all three of these new plugins are in a very early development stage, though.