A spot of festive cheer from Eclipse

Eclipse Juno 3.8/4.2 edges ever closer with Milestone 4

With last week's anticipation building over the projects boarding for the Juno release train, the Eclipse and Equinox teams have brought another festive gift with the 3.8 and 4.2 version reaching Milestone 4 - with the team getting excited over the addition of annotation-based Null Analysis

Aside from the return of the Welcome screen, the preliminary work on both the Capabilities / Activities implementation has been done thus leaving the team in good shape to be ready for 2012.

Improvements have also been made to the Java Development Tools (JDT), most notably the ability to perform enhanced inter-procedural null analysis.

Other add-ons include PDE custom target locations. To provide a custom location, you must implement ITargetLocation and extend the extension pointorg.eclipse.pde.core.targetLocations. There is also the new TreeCursor class which can be used to enable users to navigate a Tree control's individual cells, similar to what TableCursor makes possible for Table controls.

This is just scratching at the surface of Milestone 4, and the New and Noteworthy section details further enhancements, and you can download it here. We can expect Milestone 5 on January 27, with hopefully more Juno abilities released.

Chris Mayer

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