e4 1.0 and Eclipse 4.0 SDK Part Ways

Jessica Thornsby

e4-related components graduate out of incubator and into SDK.

The recently-released Eclipse 4.0 Milestone 6 marks some big changes
in the e4 camp.

Graduating components have been removed from the
project-previously-known-as-e4-1.0 and merged with the current
Eclipse platform, to create the Eclipse 4.0 SDK. Importantly, this
release is no longer classed as ‘e4,’ as it contains components
which exist outside of the e4 project. These include PHP
Development Tools, Equinox, and Eclipse Communication Framework.
The SDK does not depend on any incubating e4 components, another
factor which defines it as a ‘non-e4′ release.

“It is time to switch emphasis from incubating e4 work to focus
on graduating, polishing, and delivering this Eclipse 4.0 SDK,”
said John Arthorne when the split was originally announced. The SDK is scheduled for a July

The non-graduating components will remain in the incubator, and
will be periodically assessed for graduation.

Eclipse 4.0 Milestone 6 (minus graduated components) introduces
some new features. XWT now supports null layout and XWT UI
resources are loaded directly to create runtime SWT UI controls by
default. Children can also be created via context menu in the
Hierarchical Outline view and Visual Design view.

Please see the New & Noteworthy for more information on
the new features.

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