Working with eXist often means working with various tools that help ease development. For instance, writing code in an integrated development environment (IDE) like eXide or oXygen is far easier than hacking in Notepad or vi. Other tools, such as the eXist Ant extensions, are useful for automating tasks.
This chapter explores some of the common tools that you can use to work with eXist. Undoubtedly there are many more, so be warned: our personal preferences are shining through!
eXist comes with a small program called the Java Admin Client. It allows you to do maintenance work on the database like backups and restores, imports and exports, checking and setting properties, creating collections, and more. It’s a standard Java Swing GUI application and its functionality mostly speaks for itself.
The Java Admin Client has a lot of functionality hidden underneath right mouse clicks, which is very useful to know if you can’t immediately figure out how to do things.
The Java Admin Client has already popped up in this book in several places. See, for instance, “The Java Admin Client”, and “User and Group Management with the Java Admin Client”.
One of the additional packages you can install in your eXist installation is eXide (Figure 14-1). eXide is a complete development environment for working with eXist. You can do a lot with eXide, from editing a single file (as long as it’s stored in the database) to creating and maintaining complete applications. ...