Unofficial Guide to Eclipse 3.1 (Part 1)

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I’m a big believer in looking and planning ahead. So, since I depend on Eclipse as an IDE and as an application development platform, I thought it would be wise to find out what is in Eclipse 3.1.
(At the time of this writing, the most current version is Eclipse 3.0.1.)

So, I googled “eclipse 3.1” and a few results down, I found the main Eclipse Project 3.1 Draft Plan. Read this first.

For the uninitiated, “The Eclipse Project” is the name for the umbrella project for the core of Eclipse. This includes what most people think of as the (Java) IDE: the JDT or Java Development Tools, the core (tool integration) Platform, and the Plug-in Development Environment (with which you can use to extend Eclipse.

Looking deeper, however, I found that there each sub-project had its own plan and that nothing links them altogether, so that’s what I hope to do with this post. There was a lot more content than I expected, so this Guide will span multiple posts. I’ll cover the other parts of Eclipse in subsequent posts. Until then, after reading the overall 3.1 Draft Plan above, peruse the sub-project plans below:


JDT (Java Development Tools)
Something you might not have known: This sub-project is headed by one of my favorite gurus, Erich Gamma, one of the Gang of Four (the guys who wrote Design Patterns.)

PDE (Plug-in Development Environment)

So when can you expect this wonderful goodness?
Be on the lookout for the 3.1M3 (milestone 3 out of 6) release, coming out on November 5th. The final release of 3.1 should come out on April 1, 2005. (April Fools Day? Don’t worry… the Eclipse folks usually release at least a day early. 3.0.1 released on September 17th, even though it wasn’t expected until the end of September.)

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