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08 August 2011, 14:49

First milestone of Eclipse with Java 7 support

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The current milestone release of the Eclipse development environment, version 3.8M1, is now, at least in terms of Java 7, on a level with IntelliJ IDEA 10.5 and Netbeans 7.0.1, as it officially supports the current version of the programming language. Although this support was, in principle, already available with previous beta versions of Eclipse, without an "official" Java 7 there couldn't be any real support.

The available features include content assistance for generic instance creation, removal of redundant specification of type arguments, editor and refactoring support for the new try/multi-catch and try-with-resources syntax, and, refactoring of string based switch statements.

The integration builds of Eclipse 3.7.1 already allow developers to access Java 7 language features, and Java 7 support for regular Eclipse Indigo is scheduled to become available in September.

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