Right on schedule, The Eclipse Foundation has released Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo). Actually, Indigo is a simultaneous release of dozens of projects including the Eclipse Platform, Java development tools, source control tools, GUI designers, and more. This is the eighth successive year in which the Eclipse community has shipped a coordinated release on schedule.
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Indigo Key Stats:
- 62 project teams participated in Indigo
- 46 million lines of code released on the same day (calculated by Ohloh)
- 408 developers (committers) contributed code
- 49 organizations collaborated on Ithe release
- 10 pre-defined packages enable easy download and use
Highlights of the Indigo release include important new functionality for Java developers, innovations in modeling technology, and advancements in Eclipse runtime technology.
Key new features for Java developers:
- EGit 1.0 release provides first-class support for Java developers using Git for source code management
- WindowBuilder, a world-class Eclipse-based GUI builder, is now available as an Eclipse open source project.
- Automated functional GUI testing for Java and HTML applications is included via Jubula.
- m2eclipse brings tight integration with Maven and the Eclipse workspace, enabling developers to work with Maven projects directly from Eclipse.
- Mylyn 3.6 supports Hudson build monitoring directly from the Eclipse workspace.
- Eclipse Marketplace Client now supports drag and drop installation of Eclipse-based solutions directly into Eclipse making it significantly easier to install new solutions.
- Preliminary support for Java 7 (coming soon).
Other notable Platform changes:
- Implementation of the upcoming OSGi R4.3 Core Specification.
- Multi-touch and gesture support.
- Support for WebKit on all platforms (Windows, Linux, and OS X).
- Numerous Cocoa improvements for OS X.
Indigo is available for immediate download from www.eclipse.org/downloads. In addition to the Eclipse 3.7 production platform, the Indigo release also includes a preview of the next generation 4.1 version, available from the 4.x stream download page.
For more information:
- Eclipse Indigo - New and Noteworthy
- Indigo by the Numbers
- Eclipse Java 7 Beta install instructions (not currently available - check back later)