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WSAD vs Eclipse?

 
prem lall
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As Eclipse was original developed by IBM, what are the advatages of using WSAD over Eclipse.
 
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As far as I know WSAD is Eclipse... with some plugins that integrate WebSphere development/deployment/etc. Anyone else know any other differences?
 
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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.
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Dan Kehn
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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 ]
 
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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.
 
Rufus BugleWeed
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Does WSAD make use of ANT to automate tasks?
 
Dan Kehn
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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
 
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