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To view our full selection of recent Eclipse stories click here In summarizing all the features in the Eclipse 3.0 M8 build that are new since the previous milestone build, M7, the Eclipse.org download site has a comprehensive approach. Everything is itemized, from the new full-screen welcome page to cheat sheets for walking the user through a lengthy sequence of steps. Here's a brief selection: Code samples are now available off the new welcome page, the drag and drop feedback is improved, there's an improved Fastview bar, better scalability when there are multiple tabs, and improved progress reporting for background tasks. The set of available build commands in the Project menu has been simplified, the standard workbench extension points now pick up new contributions from plug-ins that are added dynamically by the update manager, SWT Table now supports the SWT.VIRTUA... (more)

BEA Announces Eclipse Plug-Ins for JRockit and AspectJ 5 Project Plans

SYS-CON Radio interviews the Eclipse Foundation Exclusive Q & A with Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director, Eclipse Foundation Mike Milinkovich's SYS-CON profile BEA Joins Eclipse; "Huge Milestone for the Entire Java Community," Says Exec BEA has announced new Eclipse plug-ins for its JRockit JVM, as well as the merger of AspectWerkz into the existing AspectJ Eclipse Project. The plans, says the company, are designed to benefit both the BEA and Eclipse communities "by helping to increase the flexibility of the Eclipse framework and supporting industry convergence around Eclipse as... (more)

Eclipse Foundation Issues Million-Download Challenge

"The Eclipse community has really come into its own in recent times," the Eclipse Foundation says. " We are growing with leaps and bounds, not only in terms of the code that we ship but also our membership, be it companies or individual contributors." The Ottawa-based Foundation has now issued what it calls a "Million Download Challenge" as a way to speed the downloads of its new version 3.1 "It took roughly 60 days for us to ship 1 million copies of 3.0.2. We feel we can do better than this for 3.1. For every day less than 60 that it takes for us to reach our 1 millionth download,... (more)

Progress Software Joins Eclipse Foundation

Progress Software Corporation announced its membership in the Eclipse Foundation, an open source community committed to the implementation of a universal platform for the creation, integration and utilization of software tools. At the same time, Progress announced the inclusion of Eclipse-based visual development tools in Progress OpenEdge (now in beta) and current availability in the Progress Real Time Division product set. This commitment to tools independence complements Progress Software's user interface and platform independence strategies. Eclipse provides a plug-in based f... (more)

BIRT Download Newly Available

The BIRT Eclipse-based open source reporting system for web applications, especially those based on Java and J2EE, is now available in version 1.0.1. BIRT has two main components: a report designer based on Eclipse, and a runtime component that you can add to your app server. BIRT also offers a charting engine that lets you add charts to your own application. The current released version is 1.0.1. Eclipse.org encourage developers to download BIRT, try it, and provide feedback though the newsgroups and Bugzilla. BIRT allows developers to allow a rich variety of reports to applicat... (more)