Monday Jun 20, 2011

Installing Eclipse for OSB Development

OSB provides 2 methods for OSB development, the OSB console, and Eclipse. This post deals with a typical development environment with OSB installed on a remote server and the developer requiring an IDE on their PC for development. As at 11.1.1.4 Eclipse is only IDE supported for OSB development. We are hoping OSB will support JDeveloper in the future.

To get the download for Eclipse use the download WebLogic Server with the Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse, e.g. Oracle WebLogic Server 11gR1 (10.3.4) + Coherence + OEPE - Package Installer (wls1034_oepe111161_win32.exe).

To ensure the Eclipse version is compatible with your OSB version I recommend using the Eclipse that comes with the supported WLS server, e.g. OSB 11.1.1.4 you would install WLS 10.3.4+oepe.

The install is a 2 step process, install the base Eclipse, then install the OSB plugins. In this example I'm using the 11.1.1.4 install for windows, your versions may differ.
  1. You need to download 2 programs, WebLogic Server with the oepe plugin for your OS, and the Oracle Service Bus which is generally generic. Place these files in a directory of your choice.

  2. Start the executable



  3. I create a new Oracle Home for this installation as it don't want to impact on my JDeveloper install or any other Oracle products installed on my machine.



  4. Ignore the support / email notifications



  5. Choose a custom install as we only want to install the minimum for Eclipse. If you really want you can do a typical and install everything.



  6. Deselect all products then select the Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse. This will select the minimum prerequisites required for install.



  7. As I'm only going to use this home for OSB Development I deselect the JRockit JVM.



  8. Accept the locations for the installs.


  9. If running on a Windows environment you will be asked to start a Node Manger service. This is optional. I have chosen to ignore.



  10. Select the user permissions you require, I have set to default.



  11. Do a last check to see if the values are correct and continue to install.



  12. The install should start.



  13. The install should complete successfully. I chose not to run the Quick Start.



  14. Extract the OSB download to a location of your choice and double click on the setup.exe. You may be asked to supply a correct java location. Point this to the java installed in your OS. I'm running Windows 7 so I used the 64bit version.


  15. Skip the software updates.


  16. Set the OSB home to the location of the WLS home installed above



  17. Choose a custom install as all we want to install is the OSB Eclipse Plugins.



  18. Select OSB IDE.



  19. For the rest of the install screens accept the defaults.



  20. Start the install



  21. There is no need to configure a WLS domain if you only intend to deploy to the remote server. If you need to do this there are other sites how to configure via the configuration wizard.

  22. Start Eclipse to make sure the OSB Plugin has been created. In the top right drop down you should see OSB as an option.



  23. Connecting to the remote server, select the Server Tab at the bottom

  24. Right-click in that frame and select Server.


  25. Chose the remote server version and the hostname



  26. Provide and name for your server if necessary, and accept the defaults



  27. Enter connection details for the remote server



  28. Click on the Remote server and it should validate stating its status.



    Now you ready to develop, Happy developing!

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