Planet Eclipse

Its at times like these that you gotta have Friends.  Of Eclipse that is.  Friends of Eclipse.  While I congratulate the entire Eclipse team for releasing 3.4.2 and I applaud the community for its fast uptake.  But really. All this downloading is getting in the way of other people. Until today I was a lapsed friend.  But then I decided I needed yesterday's integration build. Being...

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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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The PDE team has been busy at work for the Eclipse 3.5M6 milestone, from revamping the target platform story to product definition enhancements. One of my favorite upcoming enhancements comes from the API Tools part of PDE, we are enhancing API Tools to do usage scanning. What does this mean? Well, let's turn this into a story. Let's pretend I'm Darin Swanson, the lead of the...

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The other day I experienced an unexpected light bulb moment concerning unit testing. Maybe this one is obvious to most of you, but I wish someone would have told me earlier. So here goes. My biggest gripes with unit testing has been that I couldn't get any satisfactory answers to these two questions: 1. Why should I practice Test-First? 2. How do...

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