Jul 30 2009

Eclipse 3.5 Galileo – my personal Top 5

Published by at 10:31 pm under Eclipse,IT,Java

There are several new and exciting features in Galileo release. Multiple projects, hundreds of contributors, huge audience…

I decided to choose my very personal Top 5 for Galileo release:

  1. Update. New UI for installing and updating new features in Eclipse really leverages user experience. After introducing p2 in 3.4 a lot of people missed old Update Manager. With more stable and matured p2 in 3.5 version hopefully no one is missing 3.3 style updates any more. One capability I would find useful there is installing particular Installable Units instead just these which are based on Eclipse features. In p2 world all IUs are supposed to be equal.
  2. Setting the cookies in Browser. I’m really happy to finally see setCookie(value, url) method in SWT Browser class. That’s the part of API that was really missing there to make embedded browser more functional in Eclipse RCP world. Next step would be probably providing SWT support for the Webkit based browsers.
  3. Target Platforms. Galileo way of defining target platform is another item I find really useful for Eclipse RCP. Finally at least partially runtime for Eclipse RCP application can be independent from the plug-ins set in Eclipse IDE used for development!
  4. Mylyn. Previous Mylyn version satisfied most of my requirements to work with Bugzilla. But new Mylyn Editor just feels better for me even if it took me a day or two to get used to the context activation button being moved from right to left side of the toolbar.
  5. OSGi Declarative Services. I’m excited about declarative services in Equinox. I didn’t have opportunity to try it yet but I have high hopes for the near future!

2 responses so far

2 Responses to “Eclipse 3.5 Galileo – my personal Top 5”

  1. Robert Enyedion 31 Jul 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I agree with you that 3.5 is a great release. I would like to make a small correction related to point 3. Target platforms aren’t a new feature, only the UI from the preferences page has been reworked.

    I haven’t looked at the new Mylyn version yet, but I will definitely do that.

  2. Cecelia Thibedeauon 20 Jun 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks a lot for a piece of writing, and that is especially content pieces from place piece of writing! Optimism you can actually detail further considering that this can be your design!

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