The time has come to finally pull the plug on our hosting of legacy versions of Exadel Studio. It’s been 3 years since we turned Exadel Studio over to Red Hat/JBoss. Over that time, we have kept some legacy versions available for developers who didn’t want to use the later versions of Eclipse required for the newer successors to Exadel Studio.
So, what was Exadel Studio?
Exadel Studio was simply the best Web application IDE (integrated development environment) around when it was an active product. Exadel used the plug-in architecture of Eclipse, a more general-purpose IDE, to extend Eclipse into a more special-purpose IDE for Web applications by including strong support for frameworks like Struts, JavaServer Faces (JSF), and Hibernate, the ability to switch easily between visual and source editing views, and support for the whole development cycle.
In its early days, Studio was a stand-alone Java Swing application. Also, we experimented with multiple more narrowly based versions like Struts Studio. In its full maturity, though, Studio switched to being Eclipse-based and supportive of a wide variety of Web application frameworks under one roof.
By 2006 and 2007, Exadel Studio was widely popular in both its free and paid (Pro) versions. At trade shows, people would recognize Exadel as the “Exadel Studio people.”
In 2007, we were excited to form a partnership with Red Hat to move Exadel Studio into the JBoss open source community and to continue to develop Exadel Studio under a new name as a contractor for Red Hat. Naturally, versions of the new JBoss Developer Studio/JBoss Tools derived from Exadel Studio require the most recent versions of Eclipse. At the same time, significant numbers of interested developers at the time wanted to use older versions of Eclipse, so we began making older Exadel Studio versions available for interested users on an unsupported basis.
It’s been three years now, so we feel it’s finally time to turn out the lights as part of the redesign and tidying up of our Web site. Goodbye, Exadel Studio.