Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo) now available

Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo) now available

Summary: Eclipse Indigo caps a remarkable 8-year streak of on-time releases. Both the mature Eclipse 3.7 platform and experimental 4.1 platform and tools are available now.

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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.

For those that don't know, Eclipse is either a development platform, an IDE, an open source community, an ecosystem for commercial and non-commercial products, a foundation that governs the community, a steward of the Eclipse Public License (EPL), an agent for IP compliance, an aphrodisiac, or a floor wax.

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.

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Topics: Software Development, Open Source

Ed Burnette

About Ed Burnette

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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  • RE: Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo) now available

    Maybe an explanation for those of us who have never heard of Eclipse? Even a one-liner would do. We can't all be expected to know every nuance of the tech market. After all, isn't that why we're here?
    Aerowind
    • Re: Eclipse

      @Aerowind It's hard to describe Eclipse in one line but I'll see what I can do.
      Ed Burnette
      • RE: Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo) now available

        @Ed Burnette I eventually ended up googling it. You could have just said it's a software development environment. While it might very well be more than that, at least I know the subject matter.
        Aerowind
      • RE: Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo) now available

        @Aerowind It's more than a software development environment now but that's how it got started. Here's what I added:

        For those that don't know, Eclipse is either a development platform, an IDE, an open source community, an ecosystem for commercial and non-commercial products, a foundation that governs the community, a steward of the Eclipse Public License (EPL), an agent for IP compliance, an aphrodisiac, or a floor wax.
        Ed Burnette
        • Dice-o-matic

          @Ed Burnette

          I use it not only as a Java IDE, but a Perl IDE, a BIRT Report IDE.

          The BIRT plugin is especially good for those looking to curb expense--free--and if you have report automation needs, the accompanying run-time engine allows one to set up reports to run automatically. Binding with Perl allows me to pass in dynamic information for the run-time.

          See how much it costs you to do same with Crystal Reports Server--$6,000.

          BIRT: $0

          You do the math.
          Eclipse.
          Dietrich T. Schmitz, *~* Your Linux Advocate
    • RE: Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo) now available

      @Aerowind

      Imagine you were doing software development in the 1990s.

      That's Eclipse.
      tonymcs@...
      • RE: Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo) now available

        @tonymcs@...

        And imagine your responses which represent your 1890's thinking.

        You have never used Eclipse and don't a thing about it, yet you feel you can post any comment that shows your NBM bias. I have used those Studio products for real and they are not ready for prime time after all these years. I''ll still take Eclipse over any Studio product.

        You see, I have used both and make my decision based on facts, not hatred like you.
        linux for me
      • Each to his own...Personally I prefer Netbeans, but Eclipse...

        ...I find has better support for other languages such as Scala.

        You can't easily do Java development in Visual Studio, and you can't do .NET development (I believe) in Eclipse so as usual it's the right tool for the job.
        DevJonny
      • RE: Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo) now available

        @DevJonny

        I don't develop for .Net ... I avoid platform specific development when at all possible, this includes ActiveX, ASP, etc... among some others. I do my best using technologies that ALL platforms can use. That way I only need to do it once.
        linux for me
  • RE: Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo) now available

    Nice addition, Ed. ^^
    JOK101
  • How about a side by side comparison

    @Ed Burnette .. with a similar IDE / package manager / JVM like NetBeans. That way those who might be new to the field of software development can weigh up which best suits their development needs? Just an idea, but an idea worth following up.

    Personally, i've only ever used NetBeans (v6.1 currently) but have read much about Eclipse and downloaded a version a few months back. I understand extra libraries and components are required - along with the SDK - in order to get Eclipse to function properly. I will eventually try it out.
    thx-1138_
  • RE: Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo) now available

    I've been using Java IDEs for over 10 years. Netbeans, Eclipse, JBuilder, Forte, JDeveloper and others.

    Eclipse has long been my favourite but this release may be the final straw for me.

    The weakness of the subversion support has been a constant drag. Now it's even worse. You install the subclipse plugin (why not bundled?) and the default config is broken by design. Who has the right Java lib path for this? No one.

    Maven provision (calling it provision is being generous) is hopeless. To do anything useful you have to download separate components from totally undocumented locations.

    Numerous new bugs. No Java 7, slower performance than the last release and the WTP has the crummiest support for building web apps it's been my misfortune to come across. Debugging the reference implentation of the J2EE spec gives https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=311127. It's unusable.

    I'm going back to Netbeans today.
    paulbrickell