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Fast iterative cloud-native Java application development with Liberty Tools

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YK Chang on Dec 20, 2022
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Developers need tools for cloud-native Java application development that are both intuitive and delightful. Enter Liberty Tools: the next-generation tools for developers to build applications with Liberty within the Eclipse IDE, Visual Studio Code, and IntelliJ IDEA integrated development environments (IDE).

Liberty Tools can simplify your iterative coding cycle by taking away mundane manual tasks and providing coding support for the APIs you use. They also give you flexibility in your choice of IDE.

Liberty Tools bring together a range of capabilities:

  • Iterate fast with Liberty dev mode integrated within your IDE. With dev mode, we do the heavy lifting for you: code changes are automatically detected, recompiled, and deployed whenever you save a new change. You can test and debug right away.

  • Write code confidently using MicroProfile and Jakarta EE APIs with assistance such as validations, quick fixes, completions.

  • Edit Liberty configuration files easily with assistance.

  • Use Liberty build plug-ins for Maven and Gradle to build your applications.

Today, we are delighted to share that an early release refresh of the Liberty Tools is available. This release provides a core set of capabilities for building cloud-native Java applications with Liberty, including support for Jakarta EE 9.x Web Profile and MicroProfile 3 & 4 APIs. Learn more about Liberty Tools and try them out:

Liberty Tools in IDE marketplaces

Do let us know what you think. Your feedback is important as we round out the capabilities and graduate Liberty Tools from early release status!

We will dive into the tools further in future blog posts. Stay tuned!