I'm at the beginning stages of immersing myself into a web based project. The project is hosted on AWS running Tomcat. It's a MySQL database on the backend. The middle tier is in JAVA and utilizes the Spring Framework. The front end is series of HTML5 based screens.
I come from a heavy Microsoft Environment, so I'm used to using MSVS to build and debug applications. I would like to set up a similar scenario where a build/development environment is hosted locally on my Windows 7 box. I'd like to be able to code, build and test the application locally before pushing WAR files out to Tomcat on our AWS site.
I have to think there's a way to do this. I'm not sure if it involves extensions to Eclipse.
I have to start by saying that I'm very new to Java and a totally new to the Spring framework. The ability to step through things in a debugging environment would certainly accelerate my learning curve.
Can someone point me to straightforward tutorial or at least point me in the right direction to get started on this. Once I figure this out, we will role this environment/solution out to new developers as they join our team.
Thanks in advance for your time,