Helios: Eclipse 3.6 Milestone 1 released
Developer Chris Aniszczyk has announced the availability of the first milestone for Eclipse 3.6, the first section of the next release train called Helios, named after the ancient Greek personification of the Sun. In recent years, the Eclipse development environment has become a very popular open source project. As a flexible software tool kit, Eclipse can integrate products from several vendors as plug-ins, for example for modelling, development and software tests; for some time now, Eclipse hasn't just been about Java.
The Helios development of version 3.6 of Eclipse is taking place at the same time as development for Eclipse 4 (E4). Eclipse 4 will be the "next generation" of the Java development environment that will incorporate several familiar web technologies and reportedly put them to new uses. The latest development release of Eclipse 4, version 0.9, was released at the end of July.
The first milestone for Eclipse 3.6 groups software to install by license in the Review Licenses page of the install wizard and, on Linux platforms with GTK 2.16 or greater, the text widget can display the search and cancel icons inside of the widget. The help footer (
org.eclipse.help.base/footer) is now customisable and can be used for info-centres or in Eclipse-based products. In the Java Development Tools (JD), improvements have been made to Extract Method re-factoring which can now handle sections that contain
The final version of Eclipse 3.6 is expected to be released on the 23rd of June, 2010. Before the final version is made available, six additional milestone releases have been scheduled as follows:
- Milestone 2: 2 October 2009
- Milestone 3: 13 November 2009
- Milestone 4: 18 December 2009
- Milestone 5: 5 February 2010
- Milestone 6: 19 March 2010
- Milestone 7: 7 May 2010
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