Azzyzt JEE Tools

Release 1.3.2

Azzyzt JEE Tools is a collection of software tools helping software developers to create services using Java Enterprise Edition 6. Use it if you need to create database-backed Java EE services callable via CORBA/IIOP, SOAP or REST.

Azzyzt JEE Tools are designed to be integrated into popular Java IDEs and to work with Java EE runtimes starting from Java EE 6. The primary targets are GlassFish as Java EE server and Eclipse as IDE.

Copyright (c) 2011, Municipiality of Vienna, Austria Licensed under the EUPL, Version 1.1 or subsequent versions

If you’re new to Azzyzt JEE Tools, a good way to get started is to work through the tutorial in using_azzyzt.html in the source distribution’s doc directory.

For a change log see changelog.html.

The complete sources are on GitHub under

1.1 Current status

As of release 1.3.2, Azzyzt JEE Tools consists of three main parts:

  1. a project generator that creates so-called azzyzted projects. An azzyzted project is a collection of four projects, an Enterprise Application Project (EAR project), an Enterprise Java Beans project (EJB project), its client project (EJB client project) and a Dynamic Web Project (servlet project). The EJB project contains all business code, the servlet project contains REST wrappers around business methods, the EJB client project contains all data types visible to SOAP or REST clients. These three are called member projects. The EAR project is a container for the member projects.
    The project generator uses a project base name, a package prefix and an Eclipse runtime specification capable of supporting EJB 3.1, and from that it creates the four projects. The EJB project is marked with a special “azzyzted nature”.
  2. an application code generator that analyzes JPA entities in azzyzted projects, and uses that information to create a base application. This application is a set of service beans exposed as SOAP and REST services. They offer access to the database as it is commonly used by CRUD applications. All generated code is in dedicated source folders. The generated application can be extended and the extensions may use generated code like DTOs as building blocks.
  3. a runtime library of code used by generated applications.

The structure of azzyzted projects and the structure of generated code evolved from the work on An Eclipse / GlassFish / Java EE 6 Tutorial and on usage of that tutorial in a subsequent internal training class for developers at the Municipiality of Vienna, Austria.

Although Azzyzt JEE Tools come as a set of extensions to the Eclipse IDE, large portions of the code are independent of Eclipse. Given a project structure like that created by #1, #2 could be called from any IDE and can even be used without an IDE, because it can be called from the command line.

Azzyzt JEE Tools are known to work with the runtimes of

and Eclipse versions

In the context of this documentation Eclipse is always assumed as the generic bundle Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers. Other distributions may contain the required plugins and may work, but they were not tested.

The plugins were compiled on Eclipse 3.7 “Indigo” SR2 using Java 1.6.0_31, and they were tested in the following configurations:

These are typical configurations of Eclipse versions together with versions of GlassFish, that were current at that time. They are supposed to be in use most often.

All tests were done with JDK 1.6.

No other application servers but GlassFish were tested. While in theory all servers complying to the Java EE 6 full profile should work, they are completely unsupported.

Future extensions may provide generators for additional patterns commonly used in Java EE applications.

Contributions to Azzyzt JEE Tools are welcome. Possible areas include support for additional Java IDEs, additional patterns, additional runtimes, etc. Of course bug fixes are welcome as well.

Azzyzt JEE Tools were developed by Andreas Manessinger for the Municipal Department 14 - Automated Data Processing, Information and Communications Technology (MA 14) of the City of Vienna, Austria

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For the purpose of generating code, Azzyzt JEE Tools make use of and bundles a copy of StringTemplate, which is

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