Author: Ian Bull

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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At EclipseCon I had the pleasure of presenting an introductory tutorial on p2 with an awesome co-presenter Kim Moir. The tutorial went well, although we did have a few technical problems at the beginning. We knew there was way too much material to cover in a 3 hour tutorial, and if we started cutting it down then we wouldn't get to the advanced material (which 1/2...

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I realize that Helios isn't even out the door yet, but some people are already looking ahead to next years release.  The planning council has been taking suggestions for the name of the Eclipse 2011 release and has come up with a short list of names: Indigo Indra Indus Ion Ionia Iris Isaac Isis Ivory Izar Now we need your help. We need you to help choose the name for the 2011 Eclipse Release Train.  Cast...

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Last summer when Galileo was released, I wrote a series of blogs in which I discussed my top 10 favorite features of the release.  Somebody at the Eclipse Foundation must have enjoyed the read because I won a free conference pass to EclipseCon 2010.  I thought it would only be fitting to share my top 10 moments from EclipseCon 2010 with all of you.  These...

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Just in time for EclipseCon, Eclipse 3.6 M6 is now available for download.  I'm pretty excited about some of the new features in this milestone, especially some of the things from PDE. Feature based launches (and feature based targets) should make bundle management a lot easier. There is also a new tool to help you manage your target platforms.  You can search p2 repositories and add elements...

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One of the key aspects of Agile Software Development -- or any iterative software development process -- is keeping your customer in-the-loop. In order for customers to have a voice in the software development process they must continually consume your software, provide feedback, and witness the results of that feedback. In a small setting this might not be to hard. But when...

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As I mentioned a while back, Eclipse Helios M5 was made available for Download. There are number of New and Noteworthy features, but one really big feature was omitted from the N&N. The Eclipse provisioning platform, p2, finally has API! Really, go take a look at the code...

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Eclipse 3.6 M5 is now available for download. There are lots of new and exciting features, like the ability to open and file directly from the command line.  You can also use the synchronize view to compare patches: Debug also introduced a few new features (like instance counts): Check out all the new features in the New and Noteworthy. Download the milestone: https://download.eclipse.org/eclipse/downloads/drops/S-3.6M5-201001291300/index.php or use p2 to upgrade to it: https://download.eclipse.org/eclipse/updates/3.6milestones/...

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I spent part of today trying to debug a Linux specific issue in which wizard pages are not being shown properly.  Actually, the content of some wizard pages are not showing up at all (Bug 298805 if you're interested). While thinking through the problem on IRC (yes, you should be on IRC), Susan McCourt had a great idea -- install the SWT Spy and see what...

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Just in time for the Holidays, the Eclipse platform team has made Eclipse 3.6 Milestone 4 available. Feel free to download it: https://download.eclipse.org/equinox/drops/S-3.6M4-200912101301/index.php Upgrade to it: https://download.eclipse.org/eclipse/updates/3.6milestones or just browse the New and Noteworthy: https://download.eclipse.org/eclipse/downloads/drops/S-3.6M4-200912101301/eclipse-news-M4.html There's a whole host of new features such as Virtual Folders and the ability to execute multiple quick fixes at once: Enjoy the early Christmas present :-)...

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