Like developing on Tomcat or Resin for the 'save-refresh' functionality? Wish you had the same functionality working with a full fledged AppServer like JBoss? Now you can! PiecesOfFlare is an Eclipse Plugin which allows (J2EE or LAMP) developers to synchronize source directories within their project to deployment directories on the AppServer. This plugin is written to allow automatic deployment of jsp files on-save, but can be used for any file type. The project registered at PiecesOfFlare on sourceforge.

Why not use a Custom Ant Builder instead?

Pieces of Flare only runs on files that are saved. With a custom ant builder you inflict the startup cost of ant within Eclipse, and Pieces of Flare knows what the changed deltas are - which a custom ant builder might not.

Why is it called Pieces of Flare?

We were looking for a name that had something to do with Eclipse, and Flare came to mind. We were also talking about Office Space that day so it seemed like a decent choice.

How can I help?

Currently, the number one need is to develop some UI to do the XML configuration. If you would like to help out with that, contact one of the developers in the forums.


  • May 1, 2008 - Release of version 1.1.1. Bug fix release so it also runs in Eclipse 3.3 and we now have a plugin update url
  • Jan 9, 2006 - Release of version 1.1. Version 1.1 adds the scp file copy protocol for copying files to remotely located hosts.
  • Dec 1, 2005 - Release of version 1.0. Version 1.0 supports copying to a locally mapped file system.


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Copyright © 2005 - 2008, Kurt Stam, Tom Cunningham