Eclipse Gets a Face-Lift

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2004-06-21 Print this article Print

The Eclipse Foundation has rolled out the latest version of the Eclipse platform.

The Eclipse Foundation on Monday announced the release of the latest version of the Eclipse platform. The Ottawa-based foundation announced Release 3.0 of the Eclipse platform, which adds enhancements that improve ease of use, as well as interoperability, scalability and performance of the open-source development platform, foundation officials said.
Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, said Eclipse 3.0 features four major themes: improvements to the Java IDE (integrated development environment); support for a rich client platform; support for the SWT (Standard Widget Toolkit) graphical user interface technologies; and the concurrent release of two companion projects—the C/C++ Development Tools and Hyades projects—to deliver an application performance monitoring and optimization solution for Eclipse.
The Eclipse Foundations new director thinks its high time Microsoft joined. Click here to read the full story. Milinkovich said the IDE is the part of the platform "that defines Eclipse. Many people see it as the IDE and dont see the rest." However, he said the new release offers new features such as better support for code refactoring, search and replace, multi-threading, the ability to find "almost-Java" code, "and a lot of work to help decrease the complexity of the UI." In addition, Eclipse Foundation officials said the new release includes the ability to customize things like menus and toolbars. Eclipse 3.0 also enables Swing widgets to be embedded into SWT user interfaces, allowing the integration of Swing and Eclipse applications. Also, Eclipse has re-hosted the platforms plug-in architecture on a new runtime based on the Open Services Gateway Initiative, which enables backward compatibility with the Eclipse 2.0 architecture and support for thousands of plug-ins. "What were doing is moving Eclipse from an open platform for tool integration into a universal platform for application integration," Milinkovich said. Check out eWEEK.coms Developer & Web Services Center at for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.

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Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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