Author: Chris Aniszczyk

In the Eclipse 3.5 release (Galileo), there's a new way for you to contribute project related actions (e.g., adding natures). Traditionally, people have contributed project related actions at the root of the menu. However, this can easily flood your menu when you right click a project in a large Eclipse install. A solution for this problem is the new Configure menu entry. Within PDE, we...

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I'm so filled with joy that we're going to have an OSGi Tooling BOF at EclipseCon this year. Here's what we have for the abstract so far: OSGi development tooling is the next big challenge for the adoption of OSGi in the enterprise. There are a number of great tools out there: PDE, BND, Maven, Sigil etc but little coherency between them. The OSGi Alliance...

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Boris Bokowski and I are in charge of the UI and RCP track at EclipseCon 2009. It took forever to weed through all the submissions, but we eventually made some choices and I think we put together an excellent program. We have three tutorials: Building Commercial-Quality Eclipse Plugins RCP Mail 2.0: Commands, Common Navigator, and Data Binding Advanced Eclipse Rich Client Platform These tutorials should provide great coverage for...

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I'm excited to learn that certain computer science students will be contributing to Eclipse (WTP in particular) as part of university class credit. Personally, I think this is fantastic and much better than say killing yourself over automata theory :) As a student, I think one of the best ways to prepare yourself for a career in software is contributing to an open source community project....

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Have you ever come across an issue while developing an Eclipse-based application, go to export it and get an evil "Invalid character constant" message or something similar in your logs? This happens when you're developing an application that requires Unicode characters but your system file encoding is something other than you expect (i.e., on Macs it's usually MacRoman and on Windows it's Cp1252). When you...

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The first book on the Rich Ajax Platform (RAP) has been released: If you're interested in RAP or single-sourcing, I highly recommend giving this book a read. I support any book where one of the examples involves a cat shelter (meow)! You could use the application to classify all those stray cats in Ottawa's Parliament Hill. We can only hope to see more RAP-related books in the...

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