Planet Eclipse

I want to remind the Eclipse community that Google Summer of Code 2009 (GSOC) recruiting is in full swing now. I can't reiterate how awesome this program is for getting contributors and contributions to your project. As an example, one of my favorite recent contributions is a toString() generator that appeared in Eclipse 3.5 M6: The code for this feature originated with Eclipse's participation in GSOC 2008...

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I just got back from vacation and was pleased to see Eclipse 3.5 M6 was released (new and noteworthy). M6 is always an interesting milestone for Eclipse because it's really close to EclipseCon, signifies API freeze and the march towards stabilization for the Galileo release. Here are some of my favorite noteworthy items from Eclipse 3.5 M6: From Equinox, I'm thrilled to see the implementation of...

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Ok, it's getting tough. Only 9 days left before EclipseCon officially starts. All contributors and committers around me are already swarming around to get the demos and presentations ready - besides fixing bugs for the upcoming M6 build. But why is everybody so excited about EclipseCon? I think the numerous talks are only one side of the coin. Personally the way more interesting part is...

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For those of us in Canada, it can be hard to think about summer.  Even in Victoria we had a late blast of winter, which makes it feel like summer will never come.  However, for open source developers, summer is just around the corner -- Summer of Code that is. The Google Summer of Code program provides funds and the infrastructure to enable students to...

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Were you ever curious how to get those pretty colored labels in your JFace viewers you see all over Eclipse? For example, the blue counter label in the search results view: Well, I'll tell you how! Let's start with famous RCP Mail example: Let's look at the current label provider in the RCP Mail example: [code lang="java"] class ViewLabelProvider extends LabelProvider { public String getText(Object...

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Did you notice that two out of the three finalists for the Eclipse Community Awards in the category "Best Commercial Equinox Applications" are based on RAP? One is a web-based customer relationship management system called PIA, a SaaS application for small and medium businesses. [caption id="attachment_623" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="CAS PIA"][/caption] The other is Yoxos Enterprise, a single solution for IT departments and development teams to share custom...

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As I mentioned previously, Wayne Beaton from the Eclipse Foundation paid a visit to Victoria this week. Wayne is currently on a west-coast road trip visiting a number of schools out here. I had a chance to catch up with Wayne as he stopped by both the University of Victoria, and the Vancouver Island Java User Group. At UVic, Del Myers (a master's student)...

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