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Spring Integration with Eclipse – SpringIDE

November 23, 2009 9 comments

 

  

Spring Framework Integration with Eclipse IDE:

 

Now that we have downloaded Spring Framework, we will see how to integrate it with Eclipse IDE.

Eclipse IDE by default is just a platform for development, which doesn’t carry all the JEE features required. It doesn’t ship with support for Spring Framework as you would know by now. So we will see how to integrate Spring Framework with Eclipse IDE using a standard plugin available called SpringIDE. Eclipse IDE is available in different releases, and these steps are almost similar to all of them. This post demonstrates using Eclipse Galileo (Eclipse version 3.5.0 release). If you have any doubts related to Eclipse IDE releases or its download / installation / configuration, refer to Eclipse IDE Installation & Configuration post.

 

What is Spring IDE

SpringIDE provides a user interface for Spring configuration files, built as a set of plugins on the Eclipse platform. It is a set of free plugins for the Eclipse platform that helps in developing Spring Application. The IDE provides a wizard for creating Spring projects, and using the Graphical Editing Framework, displays graphs of all beans (objects) and relationships either within a single configuration file or within a set of configuration files. The files, or sets, are also validated as they are added / modified. There’s also support for Spring AOP, so pointcut expressions are validated in your Spring configuration. 

Spring IDE (http://www.springsource.com/products/springide) is a product from Spring Source (http://www.springsource.com/). Refer to Spring Primer for details. Latest SpringIDE version avaiable is 2.0.3.

 

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