For the eight successive year, the latest iteration of the Eclipse release train, Indigo, is now available for developers everywhere. And once again, the Eclipse community have shown that it is possible to coordinate software to be released on time. The scale of Indigo is huge - it contains 62 projects, 46 million lines of code contributed by 408 committers.
“We are very proud to celebrate another on-time annual release train from the Eclipse community,” states Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. “This release has a long list of new features, especially for Java developers. Features such as Git support, Maven and Hudson integration, a great GUI builder in WindowBuilder, and our new Jubula testing tool will, I am sure, motivate developers to try Indigo.”
Yesterday I listed some of the excellent tooling additions that are available in Indigo. Once again, the latest Eclipse release provides something for everyone. Download it now and find out for yourself.
For Java Developers
- EGit 1.0 provides first-class support 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.
New Innovation in Eclipse Modeling
- Xtext 2.0 has added significant new features for domain-specific languages (DSLs): 1) the ability to create DSLs with embedded Java-like expressions; 2) Xtend, a new template language that allows tightly integrated code generation into the Eclipse tooling environment; and 3) a new refactoring framework for DSLs.
- Acceleo 3.1 integrates code generation into Ant and Maven build chains, and includes improved generator editing facilities.
- CDO Model Repository 4.0 integrates with several NoSQL databases such as Objectivity/DB, MongoDB, and DB4O. Cache optimizations and many other enhancements allow for models of several gigabytes.
- EMF 2.7 makes it easy to replicate changes across distributed systems in an optimal way: a client can send back to the server a minimal description of what's been changed rather than sending back the whole, arbitrarily-large, new instance.
- Eclipse Extended Editing Framework (EEF) 1.0 generates advanced and good-looking EMF editors in one click.
- EMF Compare 1.2 brings dedicated UML support and is more fully integrated with the SCM.
- EMF Facet, a new project, allows extension of an existing Ecore metamodel without modification.
- EclipseLink 2.3 supports multi-tenant JPA Entities, making it possible to incorporate JPA persistency into SaaS-style applications.
- Equinox 3.7 now implements the OSGi 4.3 specification, including use of generic signatures, generic capabilities, and requirements for bundles.
- Eclipse Communication Framework (ECF) implements OSGi 4.2 Remote Service and Remote Service Admin standards.