J2EE Spider 1.0.0-M2 has been released. J2EE Spider is an open source tool integrated with Eclipse for rapidly producing web applications. In addition to bug fixes, this release comes with a completely revised web site to make the product easier to navigate. To use it, you install the plugin, then create the entities your application uses, lay out the application, generate the code, and then extend it as necessary. Key features of J2EE Spider include:
  • Visual interface for generating code
  • Integration with Eclipse
  • Incremental builds
  • Round-trip engineering
  • Generated code is Internationalized
  • Code generation using templates
  • Supports multiple frameworks
Objectives: Generating codes 'whenever' you want, 'with whatever you want' and 'however' you want. 'When' allow us to generate codes not only in the beginning of the project, but also to perform an incremental build. This concept of successive builds uses merge whenever necessary so that it won't lose customizations that may have been done in the code. 'With what' is the flexibility in the choice of frameworks. This allows the developer to decide which technologies will be part of the generated code, taking advantage of his/her team's know-how. In the future, it is intended to allow the generation with the greatest possible number of frameworks. 'How' allows us to alter the generation code template so that the generated code will be as similar as possible to the development methodology of each team. It is also possible to add new resources to the standard code generation in an easy and simple way.