Eclipse 2008 release train arrives at Ganymede

Eclipse 2008 release train arrives at Ganymede

Summary: The Eclipse Foundation has announced that Ganymede is now available for download. Ganymede is a simultaneous release of 23 projects governed by the Foundation (out of about 90), including version 3.

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The Eclipse Foundation has announced that Ganymede is now available for download. Ganymede is a simultaneous release of 23 projects governed by the Foundation (out of about 90), including version 3.4 of the Eclipse Platform. These yearly "release trains" help developers that build products on top of the Eclipse Platform synchronize on a set of stable components that are known to work well together.

Eclipse 2008 release train arrives at Ganymede

Last year's simultaneous release, called Europa, contained 21 projects (including Eclipse 3.3). In 2006 the Callisto release contained 10 projects (with Eclipse 3.2). Callisto was the first release train to leave the station. I don't know yet what the Eclipse 2009 release will be called, but in keeping with the lunar theme the name "Io" has been suggested.

To help prevent some of the problems that Mozilla encountered with their launch of Firefox 3, Eclipse bits were streamed out to mirrors yesterday in preparation for the rush. For a $35 donation, people who signed up to be "Friends of Eclipse" got a one day head start and access to a special mirror. Despite these precautions, the main eclipse.org server was unable to serve web pages for about an hour after the announcement was posted this morning. As I write this, however, the problems have cleared up and downloads are progressing apace.

For more information on Ganymede and all the projects it contains, see:

  • Eclipse Ganymede at a glance - "The Eclipse Ganymede release of 24 [sic] projects showcases the diversity and innovation going on inside the Eclipse ecosystem. Get an overview of several Ganymede projects, along with resources to find out more information."
  • Eclipse 3.4 Hidden Treasures - "Eclipse 3.4 is a better IDE and a more robust platform than its predecessor. In this post, I've gathered some new features which I like and may be 'off the beaten path'."
  • Ganymede home page - "Eclipse Ganymede is the annual release of Eclipse projects; this year including 23 projects. Some highlights of the release include the new p2 provisioning platform, new Equinox security features, new Ecore modeling tools, support for SOA and much more."

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Ed Burnette

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Ed Burnette is a software industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience as a programmer, author, and speaker. He has written numerous technical articles and books, most recently "Hello, Android: Introducing Google's Mobile Development Platform" from the Pragmatic Programmers.

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  • comparison to netbeans?

    I keep hearing really good things about netbeans... is there a comparison between the two?
    IT_Buyer
    • Depends on your needs

      I jumped from Eclipse to NetBeans for better UI support for
      JEE5, something the WTPv3 (Ganymede release) claims to
      have improved. Glassfish & JAX-WS support was required
      for the project I'm working on.

      I still use Eclipse for Flex development.

      Both are very good IDEs, depends on your specific circumstances/projects. Eclipse has a greater number of
      plug-in (can be a good or bad thing).

      I'm sure a review will appear soon, given both are open
      and free download and give them a spin.
      Richard Flude
    • More alike than different

      NetBeans has been improving, and while I don't use it myself I know people who like it. At this point they're more alike than different. Your preference may have more to do with what your co-workers use and your personal tastes than anything else.

      I recommend you also consider MyEclipse (a very inexpensive polished commercial product built on Eclipse), and JetBrains IDEA (much more expensive but has something of a cult following).

      The good news is that you can download and try all these and go with what best fits your needs.
      Ed Burnette
  • RE: Eclipse 2008 release train arrives at Ganymede

    Everyone know Ganymede was destroyed in the Inter Galactic wars. Leaving the Doctor as the lone survivor.
    Ashtonian