An EclipseLink Platform has been added for M7. This includes persistence.xml
editing support with EclipseLink options. Also included is integrated DDL
Generation support. This support drops and creates tables using
the user supplied libraries.
Default design-time schema setting for Connection
This feature provides an override for the Dali based schema name derived from the connection. This
allows the end user to set a default design-time schema for their project, if
Dali did not calculate the right default (which it cannot in some cases).
XML Mapping File Creation Wizard
Now you can generate an XML Mapping File at any time (not just during project creation).
Just go to the New menu, and under JPA you'll see the Mapping File item.
New Entity Wizard
A New Entity Wizard has been added to simplify the process of adding an Entity to your
project from scratch. It handles adding the mapping info to a given mapping file,
configuring fields, and other various settings.
Generic Persistence XML Editor
Generic editing support for the persistence.xml file has been added in M6.
This will provide users with a way to edit the persistence.xml file without
writing raw XML. It also provides an extension mechanism for adopters to
add their own provider specific persistence.xml editing content.
JPA Project Explorer
JPA Content is now available in the Project Explorer. This can be used to browse
the structure and content of a JPA project, as defined by the persistence.xml.
The Explorer also allows navigation of a project, with double-click access to
the associated resource.
Convert Java project to JPA project
This new feature provides a way to easily convert an existing Java project
into a JPA project. The JPA project wizard will allow you to configure the
JPA aspects of the project
Named Query support
You can now define and manage named and native queries in the UI.
Full Column definition
Columns can now be fully defined via the UI. This can be useful for top-down development.