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Screenshot of the Week: C++ Refactoring

My son has just finished up his first year of software development at college. In a demonstration of what I consider cruel and unusual punishment, his first programming language is C++ and his first development environment is Visual C++. I have to assume that the version of Visual C++ that the college unleashed on these unsuspecting students is some sort of reduced-functionality version, because it seems to lack certain functionality that I consider pretty basic, like refactoring.

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Screenshot of the Week: Git Repositories View

The Git Repositories view (which I tend to add to whatever perspective I’m working in) provides pretty much one-stop-shopping for most of my repository activity needs.

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Screenshot of the Week: Markdown Editor

You can edit Markdown, along with other types of wiki markup, directly in Eclipse. Here’s a screenshot of the Markdown editor in action:

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Screenshot of the Week: Gradle Tools

We’re pushing hard to make sure that great tools for Gradle are included with the Eclipse Mars release. The following screenshot shows my workspace after importing the Gradle Tooling API using Buildship Eclipse Plug-ins for Gradle.

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Great Fix Winners, Round Two

Sorry, I’m a little bit late with this announcement. We have three more winners in the Great Fixes for Mars Skills Competition. In no particular order:

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Toggle Line Numbers in Eclipse

I’ll admit that I’m dumbfounded by how much people care about whether line numbers are on or off by default in Eclipse. Put the cursor into the gutter area to the left of the editor and right-click to bring up the context menu, select “Toggle Line Numbers” to change the state to match your preference.

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Great Fixes for Mars Winners Part I

A Great Fix is a contribution provides a significant improvement in the Java development experience using Eclipse. Special consideration will be given to performance or stability improvements, and patches that improve the user experience. To qualify, a fix needs to be merged into the project repository by a committer.

For our first round in the Great Fixes for Mars skills competition, we have a total of 29 qualifying fixes, submitted by 9 contributors.

Here are our winners:

Andrey Loskutov

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Nested/Hierarchical view of projects

From the Eclipse 4.5M5 New and Noteworthy documentation:

The Project Explorer now provides the ability to view the projects in a hierarchical (a.k.a. nested) form. For modular projects, this allows to have your Project Explorer mapping more closely the organization of your modules as they are on the file system. This hierarchical view of projects often makes easier to navigate modular projects.

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Eclipse N!

The Eclipse Planning Council—with help from the community—is trying to sort out the name for our eleventh named simultaneous release in 2016. We had some trouble with the first set of names that we selected, and so we’re into the second round.

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A Vision of the Future of the Software Developer’s Platform

How will the developer’s platform change over the next three years? Will you still be using desktop-based development tools? Cloud-based software development options are getting more powerful, but will they completely replace the desktop? For a certain set of developers, cloud-based software development tools will be a natural fit and so we should expect migration to tools like Che. But the desktop will remain viable and vibrant well into the future: for many classes of problem, the desktop is the right solution.

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