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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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Official Eclipse Support for Java(TM) 8

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Dani Megert, the project lead for the Java development tools (JDT) project made this announcement earlier today: The Eclipse top-level project is very proud to announce official support for Java™ 8. Starting with I20140318-0830 all Luna (4.4) builds contain the Eclipse support for Java™ 8. For Kepler SR2 (4.3.2) a feature patch is available. For future builds visit our downloads ...

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Playing with Java 8 Lambdas in the JDT

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I’ve been playing with the language a bit while tinkering with the Java 8 support under development by the Eclipse Java development tools (JDT) project. I’ll admit that I’m a little underwhelmed by lambdas in Java 8. This, of course, comes from an Old Dude Who Knows Smalltalk (and LISP/Scheme). Like any good Smalltalk curmudgeon, when I set about learning ...

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Building and Running Java 8 Support

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The Eclipse support for Java 8 is not yet available for download. If you want to play with it, you’ve got to build it. Eclipsepedia’s JDT Core/Java8 page includes instructions for setting up your development environment with the source for the evolving Java 8 support in the Eclipse Java development tools (JDT). There’s a few pieces missing from the instructions; ...

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PMI Facelift

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The Project Management Infrastructure (PMI) is still, frankly, a little too ugly for my liking. A proper facelift with the help of a graphics designer and somebody who knows a thing or two about designing websites is still required (and planned). Having said that, we’re taking a small step forward. Over the weekend, I will release an update to the ...

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Eclipse Project: Releases, Plans, and Reviews

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For each release, an Eclipse project is required to provide a project plan. The project plan is created at the beginning of a release cycle and may be modified throughout the cycle. The plan tells the community what the main areas of focus are in the project. This lets, for example, contributors know what kinds of contributions are going to ...

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