JBoss Tools v3.0.0 will ship with an Editor for Smooks.
This release of the Editor will provide some basic transformation capabilities, generating Smooks configs for performing basic Xml2Java, Java2Java, Java2Xml and Xml2Xml transforms. It generates Smooks v1.0 based configurations. We’ve been told “You just need the Eclipse Gaynmede (sr1) J2EE distro + JBT 3“.
It would be great if people could provide feedback (forums) and bug reports (JIRA) to the JBoss Tools team.
Some people use Smooks as a Java Binding framework for marshalling and unmarshalling XML, in a similar fashion to how JAXB can be used. An “issue” that has been raised by a number of people is the fact that, with Smooks, you need to define a template for serializing the populated Java Object model (to XML, or other format). Some people find this a bit of a drag. They expect Smooks to be able to do it automagically. JAXB etc support it, so why can’t Smooks?
Yeah, we of the Smooks project are also going to do it. Start blogging about our project. The blog is the perfect place to inform you about the latest things that are going on. With this blog we want to get our idea’s out there and introduce you to the latest features of Smooks. You can also expect posts with small tutorials featuring common, experimental or less know features of Smooks or one of it’s child projects.