We are proud to present JRebel 2.1, the “Struts” edition. The main features of this release are the reworked Struts 2.x plugin and the brand new Struts 1.x plugin that reload changes to Struts action mappings on-the-fly both from XML and Java 5 annotations. Developing Struts applications with JRebel is now easier than ever, as no restarts are necessary anymore.
This release also includes support for GlassFish v3 and the Felix OSGi container it is based on. According to this survey developers spend 13% of development time or 4.3 full-time weeks every year redeploying on the GlassFish v2 container. GlassFish v3 boasts improved startup time, but with JRebel you can take the cost of making a change down to zero.
Starting with this release JRebel will report some anonymous usage statistics to our servers (including jvm name and version, container name and version, frameworks you use and redeploy stats). You can see all of the data in the jrebel.info text file created next to jrebel.jar This data will be used to help us prioritize development, but if you wouldn’t like to send it please add -Drebel.usage_reporting=false to the JVM command line.
Finally this release includes a multitude of fixes that were found since the 2.0.3 release. A lot of them concern the Spring plugin, though a few bugs were also found in the JRebel core.
BIG NOTE: We have renamed “javarebel.jar” to “jrebel.jar” and you’ll have to update your installation command line accordingly.