Eclipse Galileo shoots for the stars

Coordinated 2009 release makes it easier for users to take advantage of new features across 33 different Eclipse projects

News out today that the Eclipse community has delivered Galileo. The 2009 Eclipse release train is made up of 24 million lines of code across 33 projects, with contributions from 380 committers and 44 companies participating.

As a product manager, I must say this is a pretty impressive accomplishment by the Eclipse Foundation and everyone involved with Eclipse. Well done!

[ While the Eclipse release train grows, the Eclipse IDE itself is at a crossroads. ]

The Galileo release offers new capabilities along these three themes:

  • Expanding adoption of Eclipse in the enterprise
  • Advancement of EclipseRT runtime technology
  • Innovation of Eclipse modeling technology

The Eclipse site provides details of each theme:

Expanding adoption of Eclipse in the enterprise

Adoption of Eclipse in the enterprise continues to grow.  New features in Galileo help expand the use of Eclipse by enterprise developers, including:-    New support for Mac Cocoa 32 and 64 bit.

-    New Memory Analyzer tool to help analyze memory consumption of Java applications

-    PHP Development Tools (PDT) 2.1 is first PHP toolkit to support the new PHP 5.3 language release, including namespaces and closures.

-    New Mylyn WikiText support for editing and parsing wiki markup.

-    New XSL tooling for XSL editing and debugging.

-    Developer productivity improvements to Business Intelligence Reporting Tools (BIRT) report designer and performance.

Advancement of EclipseRT Runtime Technology

EclipseRT is the set of Eclipse technologies that provide OSGi-based frameworks and runtimes useful in building software systems. The Galileo release includes a dedicated category of EclipseRT components including elements from Equinox, RAP, RCP, Riena, BIRT, Swordfish, EclipseLink, ECF and EMF. Notable feature updates that advance the EclipseRT technology stack include:

-    Eclipse Equinox has been updated to support the draft OSGi Release 4, v 4.2 specification.

-    Target Platform provisioning support in the Plugin Development Environment (PDE) makes it easier to develop, test and deploy software to EclipseRT runtimes.

-    The Equinox p2 provisioning system has been updated to be faster, more robust and make provisioning OSGi bundles to embedded, desktop and server environments easy.

Innovation in Eclipse Modeling Technology
The Eclipse Modeling community continues to create new innovative technology for model-based development frameworks, tools and standards. Key new innovations in Galileo include:

-    Xtext, a new Eclipse project that allows for the creation of Domain Specific Languages (DSL). Xtext will create customized Eclipse editors for the DSL, making it easier for developers to focus on a smaller set of APIs and write less code.
-    Connected Data Objects (CDO) is a framework for distributed shared EMF models focused on scalability, transaction and persistence.  New enhancements in CDO include distributed transactions, pessimistic locking and save points, change subscription policies, an asynchronous query framework and security hooks in the repository.

What are you waiting for? Go download Eclipse Galileo!

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