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The 2015 Revision of the Eclipse Development Process

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The Eclipse Foundation Board of Directors approved a new revision to the Eclipse Development Process in its meeting on November 2/2015. It took effect—replacing all previous versions—on December 2/2015. This is a minor revision that primarily updates the document to reflect the evolving reality of how our open source projects operate. We made, for example, some changes to the section on ...

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Running Eclipse Neon on a Custom Java 9 Image

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I’ve started tinkering with the creation of custom Java binary runtime image files. An image file is a configuration of modules packaged up as a runtime platform. The default image contains, basically, everything that makes up the Java runtime. A custom image can contain some subset of that. I created, for example, an image that includes only the “compact 3” profile, ...

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Visualizing Java 9 Module Relationships

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As I stated in an earlier post, I’ve been running Eclipse Neon on the Java 9 + Jigsaw builds for a little while and haven’t had any issues. I spent a few hours over the weekend tinkering with some modularity tool ideas. I wrote a little plug-in for Eclipse Neon that visualizes the connections between the various modules.       ...

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Eclipse IDE on JDK 9 Early Access with Project Jigsaw

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I wrote a few weeks ago about getting Eclipse Neon running on Java 9 (though, I had mistakenly and embarrassingly left “Mars” in the title of the post). It’s worth noting that the steps that I laid out also apply to the JDK 9 Early Access with Project Jigsaw (Java modularity) builds. Eclipse Neon works on Jigsaw. I’ve been using this combination for real development ...

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Ctrl+1 in the Eclipse XML Editor

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The XML Editor is included in several of the Eclipse IDE downloads. It has two view modes: in design mode, you can edit your XML as a tree; in source mode, you edit as text. By default, it opens in design mode, which may seem a little weird (I’ve added Bug 480036 to the list of EclipseCon Europe 2015 Hackathon bugs ...

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Project Activity Metrics, Charts, and Stuff

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Yesterday we were reminded that it is difficult to provide good activity metrics. Certainly Git commit statistics are a good means of indicating that there is activity, but different styles of development can leave very different impressions: a lot of very small commits leaves the impression that there is more activity than a smaller number of large commits. That is, ...

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Candidate bugs for the EclipseCon Europe 2015 Hackathon

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Alternate title: What I saw at the EclipseCon Europe Hackathon made my jaw drop! I’m pretty excited about the hackathon we’re running at EclipseCon Europe. In past hackathons, we’ve let attendees pick the bug that they want to work on. We’re going to encourage this sort of thing this time around, but want also to provide some help for those ...

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Screenshot of the Week: Missing JRE

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One of the more frustrating things about Eclipse–at least for some users–is that Eclipse doesn’t come with a Java Runtime Environment (JRE). Since Eclipse is itself a Java application, it needs a JRE to run. The intellectual property rules at Eclipse prevent us from including a JRE with the downloads, so you have to go and install one yourself. If you ...

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A Vision of the Future of the Software Developer’s Platform

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How will the developer’s platform change over the next three years? Will you still be using desktop-based development tools? Cloud-based software development options are getting more powerful, but will they completely replace the desktop? For a certain set of developers, cloud-based software development tools will be a natural fit and so we should expect migration to tools like Che. But the desktop will remain ...

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Add Java 8 support to Eclipse Kepler

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Want to add Java 8 support to Kepler? Java 8 has not yet landed in our standard download packages. But you can add it to your existing Eclipse Kepler package. I’ve got three different Eclipse installations running Java 8: A brand new Kepler SR2 installation of the Eclipse IDE for Java Developers; A slightly used Kepler SR1 installation of the ...

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