Matt RaibleMatt Raible is a Java Champion and Developer Advocate at Okta.

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Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

I'm lovin' Eclipse and its plugins (CVS, Hibernate)

After working with Eclipse pretty heavily for the last week - I am beginning to become one of those guys that cannot live without an IDE. It's unfortunate in one sense, but it's great because it sure is saving me a lot of time. I love the "Organize Imports" feature, especially on the package level. Use it with caution if you've got generated classes - or add the generated classes to your classpath. I also really like the Jalopy Beautifier. I'm sure IDEA has these features too - if it doesn't, it should! Another cool plugin I found last week was one from the Eclipse team to hide CVS directories.

This morning, I found that the Hibernate team has released a new plugin for Eclipse - the Hibernator.

*** Hibernator - Hibernate plugin for Eclipse ***

Provides an Eclipse view to create and edit Hibernate mapping files (.hbm.xml).

Note this plugin will only work with Eclipse 2 (WSAD 5) and above

* Installation

- Unzip into <eclipse-install>/plugins - Restart Eclipse

* Using the plugin

Go to menu Window->Show View->Other and select Hibernator

Open up some Java source and the plugin will either display the mapping file <class-name>.hbm.xml or a generated version

To save the contents of the mapping file right click in the window and select "Save"

Report any bugs / Submit patches to -

I doubt I'll use this as I'm using XDoclet to generate my Hibernate mapping files from POJOs. However, the CodeGenerator for Hibernate is being re-vamped to allow for generation of .java files from an .hbm.xml file. Now if I could hook this into generation of Struts' ValidatorForms, I might actually use it.

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