Application Development: LABS GALLERY: 'Galileo' Release of Eclipse Offers a Galaxy of New Features
LABS GALLERY: Galileo Release of Eclipse Offers a Galaxy of New Features
by Jeff Cogswell
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.
Even the online help interface has improved, providing a handy, quick tool that searches within a selected topic.
The interface is highly customizableyou can control which tool bars and menus appear within a perspective.
Eclipse could compare files before, but the interface has improved.
Project Explorer has been enhanced, and now has a Go Into feature that allows developers to quickly navigate through a project.
You can automatically generate a toString() function for your classes using a special Generate dialog box.
Eclipse offers many handy error messages such as this one, which includes the option to remove the unreachable code.
When you hover over a function, the hover view honors more of the Javadoc features, including the inheritDoc tag.
The Open Resource dialog box now lets developers specify an editor to use, rather than sticking them with the default.