Author: Ian Bull

As most of you know, Eclipse Helios will be released next week. For regular readers of my blog (and PlanetEclipse.org), you know that I've been counting down some of the new features available in this release. During this series I have received comments (both in the comment fields, and on places like twitter) that essentially read: I really like Eclipse except it doesn't have an...

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The official Helios release is less than 1 week away, and we are now into the Top 5 Features that I'm most excited about. Over the past week I've been highlighting some of upcoming features of the Eclipse Helios release. These features include: improvements to the Java Development Tools, Plug-in Development Environment, API Tools and the Eclipse Platform. Number 5 on my Top...

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There are three large groups of artifacts that play a key role while writing software. There are the tools you use, the code you write and the libraries you depend on. There is a large body of research studying the cognitive support provided by software development tools. There is also a number of tool centric development models. Facilities like Yoxos and the...

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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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Eclipse developers are in the middle of the 'End Game'.  Half way through the release candidates and getting ready for another major release.  All the API is in place, the features are 'complete' and we are working through the last of the major bugs. One thing that changes dramatically during the end-game is that each code change requires a review. As we get closer to the release, the...

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