helios Tag

I've been thinking a lot lately about what defines an Eclipse project? Not in the literal sense (a project hosted at eclipse.org that follows the EDP), but rather, what technical qualities do all Eclipse projects share. Years ago the answer was simple, extensible IDEs. More recently Eclipse was defined as a tooling platform (for everything and nothing in particular), but when you start to...

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Yesterday I asked you to think about high-quality software that has been consistently delivered on-time for eight straight years. To make this quiz more challenging, this software should be installed on millions of users' desktops. As we approach the next major release of Eclipse -- dubbed Helios -- I'm counting down the top 10 features I'm most excited about. Yesterday's feature was the improvements to...

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Pop quiz: Can you name any 'high quality' software that has been consistently delivered on-time, for 8 years in a row? Yes folks it's that time of year again! It's time for the Eclipse Release Train to start revving up its engine for another high quality release. Unlike other software -- which gets delayed, bumped or put-on-the-back-burner -- Eclipse just simply, delivers. The official Eclipse...

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It's been overcast and raining here in Victoria B.C. (Canada) over the past 2 weeks. It's a long way from the dog days of summer, but a good time to focus on docs.  In fact, the Eclipse team has been focusing on documentation during this final release candidate.  In particular, the p2 team is putting some docs together on our new API (Yes, p2 has...

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After another 6 weeks of working hard towards the Helios Release, we are one step closer. RAP 1.3 M7 for Eclipse 3.6 is out. From the new features, here are my personal top three: Eventually, a GraphicsContext implementation that lets you draw onto the browser using SWT API! In the early days of RAP, we regarded this as being impossible. Animations support in CSS enables cool effects like sliding...

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There are a lot of very good reasons for developers to get on board with Open Source Software (OSS). Businesses are making use of OSS both because of the cost savings and the excellent quality of the code (not to mention the open development model which makes it very easy for them to get involved). Whether you are student looking for your first job or...

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I have to admit, I'm a little nervous what happens with the RAP community after this post. At least for me, the last days were pretty exciting. Some days ago, Ivan from the RAP team committed the initial support for a GC (GraphicsContext) for RAP. Currently restricted to the Canvas widget, the GC provides thousands of new use cases for RAP applications. The work by...

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Here's a nice Helios feature that comes in handy when you often work with multiple workspaces simultaneously (as we recommend for developing single source application with RCP and RAP). If you do, you probably know this which-is-which guessing when looking at your taskbar (or window switcher): How can you distinguish your Eclipse instances? How can you tell in which workspace you are editing? There is a commandline parameter...

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During the last weeks, Kenn and I worked together to support EMF generated editors running on RAP. I'm always mesmerized by how effective such synergies can be used when people from different teams work together for a bigger goal. Kudos to Kenn for his great work in EMF by refactoring the EMF UI bundles (namely o.e.emf.ui.common and o.e.emf.ui.edit) in order to single-source them. But what...

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