Google Plugin for Eclipse 2.5 now availabe simplifies app development by eliminating the need for manual tasks like copying Cloud JDBC drivers, setting classpaths, typing in JDBC URLs or filling in JVM arguments for connecting to local/remote database instances, revealed Google.
Here is what is new in GPE 2.5:
Configuring Cloud SQL/MySQL instances
"With GPE 2.5, you now have the ability to configure your local development server to use a local MySQL instance or a Cloud SQL instance for testing. When you choose to deploy your app, it will use the configured Cloud SQL instance for App Engine," Google informs.
Auto-completion for JDBC URLs
GPE 2.5 supports auto-completion for JDBC URLs, and quick-fix suggestions for incorrect JDBC URLs.
Creating database connections in Eclipse database development perspective
"The Eclipse database development perspective can be used to configure database connections, browse the schema and execute SQL statements on your database. Using GPE 2.5, database connections are automatically configured in the Eclipse database development perspective for the Development SQL instance and the App Engine SQL instance," blogged Google.
You can also choose to manually create a new database connection for a Cloud SQL instance. In GPE 2.5, we have added a new connection profile for Cloud SQL.
OAuth 2.0 for authentication
GPE 2.5 now uses OAuth 2.0 to securely access Google services including Cloud SQL from GPE.