Hot on the heels of the July release of Eclipse 3.6’s Helios release train, Oracle has updated its Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 11g. Released on Monday, the new edition includes all of the Helios benefits coupled with support for the latest versions of Oracle’s Fusion middleware, WebLogic application server, and Oracle Glassfish and Coherence.

Along with the standard Eclipse 3.6 IDE features, Oracle has updated the Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 11g to include new server administration tools for WebLogic. Prior to its acquisition by Oracle, BEA Systems maintained an extensive set of Eclipse-based tools for its WebLogic server, and it would appear that some of those features have now migrated into the Enterprise Pack.

For example, there are new supports for the WebLogic Scripting Tool (WLST), a Python-based scripting language that runs in the Java-based Jython runtime environment. As such, Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 11g includes a Jython/Python development environment based on PyDev. It includes syntax highlighting and online help to guide developers through learning WLST.

There’s also developer help integrated into a new graphical editor for JDBC DataSource configuration, which includes wizards, schema validation, and integrated context-sensitive help. Additionally, developers can now create, modify and store WLST templates in Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 11g.

Ted Farrell, chief architect and senior vice president of tools and middleware at Oracle, said that this is the first release of the new Enterprise Pack, but it will not be the last. This version has been dubbed “R1,” but its actual version number is 11.1.1.6.

“The latest release of Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 11g continues to provide Java developers with new tooling that can enhance their productivity,” said Farrell. “With support for Eclipse 3.6 and broader support for key Oracle Fusion Middleware components, Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 11g R1 enables developers to deliver more value with even greater ease.”

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