LABS GALLERY: Galileo Release of Eclipse Offers a Galaxy of New Features

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LABS GALLERY: Galileo Release of Eclipse Offers a Galaxy of New Features

by Jeff Cogswell

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Eclipse Evolution

Eclipse has come a long way since its early days. The interface looks similar to the way it always has, but it's packed with far more features than before.

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Online Help

Even the online help interface has improved, providing a handy, quick tool that searches within a selected topic.

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Highly Customizable

The interface is highly customizable—you can control which tool bars and menus appear within a perspective.

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File Comparison

Eclipse could compare files before, but the interface has improved.

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Project Explorer

Project Explorer has been enhanced, and now has a Go Into feature that allows developers to quickly navigate through a project.

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Generate

You can automatically generate a toString() function for your classes using a special Generate dialog box.

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Error Messages

Eclipse offers many handy error messages such as this one, which includes the option to remove the unreachable code.

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Hover View

When you hover over a function, the hover view honors more of the Javadoc features, including the inheritDoc tag.

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Open Resource

The Open Resource dialog box now lets developers specify an editor to use, rather than sticking them with the default.

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