Work has been frantic over the last couple of weeks rounding out the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Tornado Server. Today, here's a screenshot! For you Domino developers out there you should notice a few similarities. This is not a specific Java development IDE, but one designed to build business applications. For my mind a lot of IDEs are great programming tools, but not so good at solving business problems.
Vortex IDE is built on the (fat momma) Eclipse platform, and communicates with Tornado Server using SOAP web services over HTTP. This makes it entirely possible to connect and work through firewalls since no special ports need to be open. Basing it on Eclipse also means a huge range of workstation platforms are supported from day one - we work mostly on Apple Powerbooks here so a multiplatform IDE was mandatory.
We will be putting together a custom RCP package for Eclipse with only those plugins you absolutely need, but the Tornado Server IDE extensions can be added to WSAD or the full Eclipse SDK if you want to use only one IDE for developing for a few different servers.