Installing JRebel

We just started using JRebel on a wicket project with hibernate and Spring. JRebel (formerly known as JavaRebel) provides true hot-swap development under Eclipse – i.e. you never have to republish and wait for hibernate and Spring to reload everything – whenever you save a class JRebel notices and simply reloads the class into the JVM. This greatly increases productivity on larger projects and, perhaps more importantly, removes a major annoyance factor relative to other languages which handle this better.

Installation was a bit confusing because JRebel does not watch for changed classes in the directory where Eclipse puts them by default (at least that was the case for our installation of Eclipse on Mac OS X). To workaround this, you need to add a rebel.xml file to the WEB-INF/classes directory of your project as follows:


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<application
xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
xmlns="http://www.zeroturnaround.com"
xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.zeroturnaround.com/alderaan/rebel-2_0.xsd">
<classpath fallback="true">
<dir name="/Users/userx/Documents/workspace/projectx/build/classes"/>
</classpath>
</application>

where the “dir name” element is set to the directory where Eclipse writes the compiled .class files for your project.

In eclipse, you need to modify the launch configuration for tomcat and add the following to the arguments:


-noverify
-javaagent:/path/to/jrebel.jar
-Drebel.trace.log=true
-Drebel.wicket_plugin=true

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