A new plugin in beta dubbed "Cloud Tools for Eclipse", is based on Cloud SDK, extends Eclipse to Google Cloud Platform (GCP) with the initial feature set targets Google App Engine standard environment, including support for creating applications, running and debugging them inside the IDE with the Eclipse Web Tools Platform tooling and deploying them to production.
Eclipse is one of the most popular IDEs for Java developers. Cloud Tools for Eclipse is available for Eclipse 4.5 (Mars) and Eclipse 4.6 (Neon) and can be installed through Eclipse Update Manager.
"You may be wondering how this plugin relates to the Google Plugin for Eclipse, which was launched in 2009. The older plugin is focused on a broader set of technologies than just GCP. Moreover, support for the Eclipse Web Tools Platform and Maven is spotty at best. Moving forward, we'll invest in building more cloud-related tooling in Cloud Tools for Eclipse," writes Google.
You can check the status of your application in the Cloud Console by heading to the App Engine tab and clicking on Instances to see the underlying infrastructure of your application.
Further, Google notes that they will continue adding support for more GCP services to the plugin.
And to learn more about Java on GCP, the GCP Java developers portal house all the information needed to run Java applications on GCP.