Huge IDE release

Ceylon IDE gets official release

Chris Mayer
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Development environment to go alongside Red Hat’s new JVM-language

After December’s first peek at Red Hat’s JVM language, hype
surrounding it has reached a new level, as this week saw the first
Ceylon IDE milestone appear to the public.

The language,
created by Hibernate’s Gavin King and sponsored by Red Hat, has
been dubbed as ‘the alternative to Java’. The M1 Newton gives the
user an opportunity to get to grips with what the language can do
with the release of an official specification compiler. Code can be
compiled into bytecode then executed on the JVM.

The Ceylon IDE project was initiated by David Festal at French
software company, SERLI. The Eclipse plugin,
compatible with Indigo install, provides the following features
according to the Ceylon
Documentation
:

As with a lot of breakaway languages, Ceylon aims for
immutability by default. The release of an official IDE is a huge
step towards Ceylon being accepted into the JVM fraternity: only
through an IDE can a language truly reach a level of acceptable
adoption. The fact it’s an Eclipse plugin helps matters, giving it
a bountiful supply of toolchains such as EGit and Subclipse,
although at this early stage, Ant and Maven aren’t yet
available.

You can find the code at the Github Ceylon page as well as at
the Ceylon website. So, if you’re intrigued by Red Hat’s JVM
attempt, now is a perfect time to test out the assets behind Ceylon
as you have the perfect playground to play in. Keep an eye on
Ceylon in the next few months – more nuggets are promised.

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