Eclipse 3.7 is available for download!

There is a lot of great stuff in Eclipse 3.7.

Key New Features for Java Developers

  • EGit 1.0 release provides first-class support for Java developers using Git for source code management
  • WindowBuilder, a world-class Eclipse-based GUI builder, is now available as an Eclipse open source project
  • Automated functional GUI testing for Java and HTML applications is included via Jubula
  • m2eclipse brings tight integration with Maven and the Eclipse workspace, enabling developers to work with Maven projects directly from Eclipse
  • Mylyn 3.6 supports Hudson build monitoring directly from the Eclipse workspace
  • Eclipse Marketplace Client now supports drag and drop installation of Eclipse-based solutions directly into Eclipse making it significantly easier to install new solutions.

Window Builder for Eclipse – for SWT, RCP and SWING UI’s

With the announcement of Eclipse 3.7 you can see it now includes the Window Builder that Google contributed to the foundation. I wrote about this back in December if 2010 and now it is officially in the 3.7 release. This is an excellent tool and even more amazing is that less than six months later it is officially supported in Eclipse. Great job Eclipse!

SWT and SWING for that matter have always been a hard thing for new people to handle. With the builder you can visually lay out your user interface and see how the code is generated. I think tools like this are a must have for developers. Maybe we will see an uptake in SWT adoption now for native applications…

You can learn more about the Window Builder on the Eclipse site and install it into your Indigo release, link here.


In this next video in the series I show how eMarketing spots can be used to drive products, promotions, cross-sell, up-sell and content throughout your site. The easy to use interface of the Management Center enables non-IT business users to essentially define a large portion of the eCommerce site. This is another great feature that sets WebSphere Commerce above the competition. Using the rules based system and activities you can schedule content for specific demographics or have the content tied to the customer activity.


Nice collection of links for WebSphere Commerce

Bhavin Majithia has collected a nice set of links about WebSphere Commerce. Check them out…

My Experiment with Websphere Commerce.


I love this series of posts…

One thing I really like is when a blogger does a series of posts. Even better when the posts are tagged together with a unique tag so its easily found and all of the posts related to the series are in a single list. The 12 Things You Shouldn’t Do on a Portal Project is such a series. This series was tagged with “12things”.

The series has been hitting PlanetLotus for about a month now and it has been a very informative series. Since it’s tagged, it is easily referenced for future use. Great job guys!


IBM – Smarter Commerce Summit

Register now!

Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2011

The Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2011 brings together a powerful combination of best practices, new technology and services, marketing and supply chain experts and industry perspectives into an event like no other. It’s one you can’t afford to miss. The event includes deep dives into:

via IBM – Smarter Commerce Summit.


Top reasons why WebSphere Commerce is best of breed

Following my first video of WebSphere Commerce I really want to get across why WebSphere Commerce crushes the competition in two places.

The first area is in database performance and management with regards to extended sites. WebSphere Commerce uses a rules based system for things like catalog filtering, price rules, eMarketing spots etc. This means data is inherited from the hub site and optionally filtered or overridden on the extended site (or esite). This boosts data footprint and management of the data because there is only one data set. Data is not replicated to each extended site – where extended sites are generally used for multiple brands, different geographies, or locales.

The next area is the business process like user interface for content and rules. The easy to use rules user interface allows business users (non technical, IT staff) to pretty much run the entire site. Here is a screen shot of the rule builder for activities, which drive what emarketing content shows in an area on the site:

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