This week's giveaway is in the Android forum.
We're giving away four copies of Android Security Essentials Live Lessons and have Godfrey Nolan on-line!
See this thread for details.
The moose likes IDEs, Version Control and other tools and the fly likes WSAD vs Eclipse? Big Moose Saloon
  Search | Java FAQ | Recent Topics | Flagged Topics | Hot Topics | Zero Replies
Register / Login


Win a copy of Android Security Essentials Live Lessons this week in the Android forum!
JavaRanch » Java Forums » Engineering » IDEs, Version Control and other tools
Bookmark "WSAD vs Eclipse?" Watch "WSAD vs Eclipse?" New topic
Author

WSAD vs Eclipse?

prem lall
Greenhorn

Joined: Jun 21, 2003
Posts: 15
As Eclipse was original developed by IBM, what are the advatages of using WSAD over Eclipse.
Nathan Pruett
Bartender

Joined: Oct 18, 2000
Posts: 4121

As far as I know WSAD is Eclipse... with some plugins that integrate WebSphere development/deployment/etc. Anyone else know any other differences?


-Nate
Write once, run anywhere, because there's nowhere to hide! - /. A.C.
Chad McGowan
Ranch Hand

Joined: May 10, 2001
Posts: 265
The plugins provided with WSAD go beyond just integrating with websphere. WSAD has a better editors, especially for jsp's. It also comes with more perspectives and views, javascript templates(not sure if eclipse has this), a web art designer, and many more features that I can't think of right offhand.
Chad
Dan Kehn
Dastardly Dan the Author
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jun 11, 2003
Posts: 120
Originally posted by Nathan Pruett:
As far as I know WSAD is Eclipse... with some plugins that integrate WebSphere development/deployment/etc. Anyone else know any other differences?

I'm not a marketing rep, but allow me to summarize. Many WS*D products build on the others, adding further capabilities that support different development roles. Starting from the base:
WebSphere Workbench (WSWB) is the IBM-branded version of Eclipse. That means you can call the IBM support line for help, corrections, and so on. For Eclipse itself, you go to
eclipse.org as part of the community support process. IOW, WSWB is IBM's officially supported version of Eclipse. It is available free for download from IBM's PartnerWorld.
WebSphere Site Developer (WSSD) is for web content developers, i.e., JSPs and servlets.
WebSphere Application Developer (WSAD) adds J2EE development support to WSSD.
WebSphere Enterprise Developer (WSED) adds support for traditional enterprise transactions (CICS, IMS) to WSAD.
There are a number of other Studio-based products that I didn't mention above. You can find out more on the WebSphere Studio homepage.
-- Dan
[ July 15, 2003: Message edited by: Dan Kehn ]

Co-author of <a href="http://www.jdg2e.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Java Developer's Guide to Eclipse</a>, 2nd Edition<br />(Yahoo group <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/JDG2E/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">JDG2E</a>)
Jeanne Boyarsky
internet detective
Marshal

Joined: May 26, 2003
Posts: 30123
    
150

Also, it's easier to deploy to IBM's Websphere server using WSAD than Eclipse. The nice thing is that Eclipse plugins work in both WSAD and Eclipse.


[Blog] [JavaRanch FAQ] [How To Ask Questions The Smart Way] [Book Promos]
Blogging on Certs: SCEA Part 1, Part 2 & 3, Core Spring 3, OCAJP, OCPJP beta, TOGAF part 1 and part 2
Rufus BugleWeed
Ranch Hand

Joined: Feb 22, 2002
Posts: 1551
Does WSAD make use of ANT to automate tasks?
Dan Kehn
Dastardly Dan the Author
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jun 11, 2003
Posts: 120
Yes. However, it may be more accurate to say that Eclipse provides Ant support, and thus so does WSAD since it is built on Eclipse (WSWB).
-- Dan
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
subject: WSAD vs Eclipse?
 
Similar Threads
What is the difference between eclipse and wsad?
VAJ 3.5 and jdk1.4
Real programmers..
Eclipse x WSAD
Eclipse vs WSAD