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Eclipse now bang up to date for Java 8

JAX Editorial Team

Although it took some time to get there, all Luna 4.4 builds now contain Eclipse support for Java 8, and patches are available for Kepler SR2 (4.3.2).

As of yesterday, the Eclipse IDE platform is now fully
up to date and ready to support the newly released Java SE 8. The
news was confirmed in a mail-out by
Daniel Megert
, Project Manager of Java Development Tools (JDT)
at the Eclipse Foundation, who wrote that “The Eclipse
top-level project is very proud to announce official support for
Java™ 8.”

This official update consists of an Eclipse
compiler which implements all the new language extensions,
retooling of features such as Search and refactoring, and also
Quick Assist and Clean Up functionality to replace anonymous
classes by lambda expressions, and vice versa, as well as new
Formatter Options for lambda expressions.

As of yet, PDE API Tools have not been
reconfigured to meet the new Java language constructs. The Eclipse
team expect to have this done by the final Luna release.

Although fellow IDE platfrom
 was quick off the mark to step up with
rudimentary support
for the much vaunted lambda
expressions in Java 8, Eclipse initially lagged behind in this
respect. In an interview with JAX Magazine, Pivotal’s
Martin Lippert attributes this delay in part to the extra time
needed to “lock” linguistic changes into the Eclipse Java compiler
– an issue other IDE providers didn’t have to tackle.

Nevertheless, Eclipse managed to pull it
together in time for the big Oracle launch. You can now get Java-8
support in all Eclipse 4.4 builds from No. I20140318-0830th, and

feature patch
 is available for Eclipse
version 4.3.2.

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