NetBeans tooling for Eclipse developers?
By octav on Feb 06, 2008
The Visual VM project, currently hosted @ java.net, produces a "runtime" utility, relevant to all Java developers. In a nutshell, the tool enables you to monitor and profile Java applications, including web applications deployed in the context of the GlassFish web container. The user can point to local and remote processes (less info is usually available), examine the performance, tweak managed beans resources, etc. The profiling capabilities are interesting as well, however one has to switch tools (to something like NetBeans) in order to view the code - of course if one has access to the sources of the application being monitored.
Moreover, the team seems to have thought about the JConsole users and the plugins that folks developed for JConsole, just work in the Visual VM. Sweet!
I suspect that developers will be able to easily build extensions that could help monitor and profile web applications deployed in the context of other application servers such as JBoss, WebSphere and WebLogic.
I've been playing with the latest build and my only complaint so far is the choice of colors to represent load, threads etc. I wish there was a customizer that would enable me to pick something more sensible. De gustibus non est disputandum