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

 
 
By Jeff Cogswell  |  Posted 2009-08-03
 
 
 

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

by Jeff Cogswell

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

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.

Eclipse Evolution

Online Help

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

Online Help

Highly Customizable

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

Highly Customizable

File Comparison

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

File Comparison

Project Explorer

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

Project Explorer

Generate

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

Generate

Error Messages

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

Error Messages

Hover View

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

Hover View

Open Resource

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

Open Resource

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