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Eclipse Mars New and Noteworthy: Java 9 Beta

Java 9 support has not yet landed in our standard download packages. But you can add an early access preview to your existing Eclipse Mars install.

The Eclipse Java 9 Support (BETA) contains the following:

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Eclipse Mars New and Noteworthy: Perspective Customization

The Customize Perspective dialog is back! Use this dialog to configure the visible menu, toolbar, action sets and shortcuts in your workbench.

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Eclipse Mars New and Noteworthy: Automatic Updates by Default

With Eclipse Mars, the automatic updates option is turned on by default. With this, Eclipse will periodically check with our servers to see if there are any updates available and give users the option to download and install them.

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Eclipse Mars New and Noteworthy: Tools for Apache Cordova

Develop, run, and test Apache Cordova applications for iOS, Android and Windows Mobile devices using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

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Eclipse Mars New and Noteworthy: New Java Quick Fixes

Eclipse Mars includes new Quick Assists (Ctrl+1) for Java developers.

Add and remove the parentheses around lambda parameter:

Explicitly add the inferred types of the parameters in a lambda expression:

Convert from method reference to lambda expression:

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Screenshot of the Week: Error Reporter

The Error Reporter orovides valuable information to project teams that might otherwise not be captured.

The Error Reporter itself has morphed over time to provide a very slick user experience that stays out of your way, inconspicuously opening a tray notification in the lower right hand corner of the screen that is equally easy to use to report an error or just ignore and keep on with what you’re doing.

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Screenshot of the Week: Missing JRE

One of the more frustrating things about Eclipse–at least for some users–is that Eclipse doesn’t come with a Java Runtime Environment (JRE). Since Eclipse is itself a Java application, it needs a JRE to run. The intellectual property rules at Eclipse prevent us from including a JRE with the downloads, so you have to go and install one yourself.

If you try to run Eclipse without having first installed a JRE, you’ll see a message like this:

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Great Fix Winners, Round Three

My apologies for being late with this announcement.

We have four winners in this third and final round of the Great Fixes for Mars Skills Competition. In no particular order, I present the winners…

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Screenshot of the week: Eclipse Installer

We have a slick look and feel for the new installer.

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