Planet Eclipse

I have to admit: 23 is the number that I like most. Some computer scientists and mathematicians prefer 42, but this is not a prime number. Why am I starting this blog entry with this odd number? Because my birthday is on a 23rd? While this is true, it is not particular interesting. But if you are going to the EPP project page where you see...

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In the last blog entry regarding databinding, we learned how to create a custom observable for a DateTime widget. Starting with Eclipse 3.5 there is a new approach to creating custom observables as described by Matthew Hall in the comments to that post. Which ever way you choose, we will now use the observable to showcase another cool databinding feature: Crossvalidation. Crossvalidation was introduced with...

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Apple has released a beta of the next major release of the Safari web browser. Beside having a couple of cool new features like a preview of your top sites on the start page and coverflow for bookmarks/history it introduces the new JavaScript engine "Nitro". Nitro makes a difference, it makes JavaScript apps much more responsive. A very brief benchmark showed the following results for the...

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I sent an email out to eclipse-dev today detailing some of the changes the PDE team has made to the target platform story: Dear Eclipse Plug-in Developers, In 3.5M5, the PDE team added a new experimental preference page supporting managing and editing of multiple target platforms: Plug-in Development > Target Platform (Experimental). In the latest i-build (20090224-0800), this page has become the default way of managing target...

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This is an exciting moment for me - the first book about Eclipse RAP has now finally arrived in print. "Eclipse Rich Ajax Platform - Bringing Rich Clients to the Web" by Fabian Lange A book is always a great endorsement for a technology. Having an author with no affiliation to the producers of the technology is even better. Nevertheless, when I read Fabians message that the...

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Somebody asked me a great question the other day, can p2 be used in non-eclipse systems?  This is a great question because I think it highlights the fact that we don't always make newcomers aware of the great power contained in the Eclipse components. Most of the Eclipse bundles are not designed simply for the IDE.  In fact, for almost all the bundles in...

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