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Great Fixes for Mars

We’re launching the “Great Fixes for Mars” programme. As is suggested by the name, we’re looking for great fixes in the form of contributions to Eclipse open source projects. There will be prizes.

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Committer Bootcamp at EclipseCon 2015

Are you a new committer or project lead for an Eclipse, LocationTech, or PolarSys project? Are you thinking about proposing a new open source project? In this tutorial, Eclipse Foundation staff members will walk you through the information that you need to know to be an effective open source project committer.

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What are you doing with Eclipse right now?

I recently attended a conference session on the topic of getting user feedback. One of the key takeaways for me was that people lie about how they use software. It’s not that they’re trying to be misleading, it’s more that it’s easy to misrepresent yourself out of context. The speaker suggested that you need to interrupt your users and find out what they’re doing at the moment. And you need to do this in regular intervals.

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Some “So Far” Stats for Eclipse Luna

I’m working out some of the queries that I’m going run to gather some stats for the Eclipse Luna release on June 25/2014. I’m starting with the Git repositories.

The Git query is relatively simple, taking all commits that have occurred since the Kepler release on all branches into consideration. So the numbers I’m getting do include commits that are not necessarily intended for Luna (e.g. it includes Kepler service release commits).

Here’s what I have so far:

Number of projects: 106

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More names for Eclipse

I regularly receive requests for quotes from purchasing agents for Eclipse software. In almost every case, they’re looking for an Eclipse-based IDE, but don’t quite know what to call it.

Today’s gems are:

  • Eclipse CDT Juno
  • Eclipse Eclipse 352
  • Eclipse Eclipse JSEE Juno
  • Eclipse software Version: Indigo Release
  • Eclipse Java EE IDE for Web Developers

Based on the quantities requested for each of the above, we can count a couple of hundred new users to the Eclipse family.

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Screen Capture: Data Tools

Here’s a quick video of the Eclipse Data Tools in action.

From an “SQL Scrapbook” page, you can quickly run and see the result of SQL statements.

Configuration:

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Automatically-Generated Bug Lists for Releases

Last week we added a new feature to the Eclipse Project Management Infrastructure: we automatically generate a bug list for each release.

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Welcome Richard

I’m very happy to introduce the Eclipse Foundation’s newest staff member, Richard Burcher.

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Add Java 8 support to Eclipse Kepler

Edit: I recommend that you just update to the Luna release. While we’re pretty sure that this still works, it’s not a configuration that we test anymore.

Want to add Java 8 support to Kepler?

Java 8 has not yet landed in our standard download packages. But you can add it to your existing Eclipse Kepler package. I’ve got three different Eclipse installations running Java 8:

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Official Eclipse Support for Java™ 8

Dani Megert, the project lead for the Java development tools (JDT) project made this announcement earlier today:

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