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Eclipse Release Train nears destination Juno

Chris Mayer

Community called upon to name Juno+1. Kepler? Krypton? Koala?

It’s an annual tradition – Eclipse’s huge release train comes
rolling by once a year. This June saw a blockbuster package for
Java developers with Eclipse Indigo, which the Eclipse Foundation
executive director Mike Milinkovich dubbed the biggest release ‘in
quite a few years’ probably through due to the anticipation leading
up to Java 7’s July release.

But in typical Eclipse spirit, the focus has now shifted to 2012
and the projects that will form Juno. Wayne Beaton revealed the
full list this week on the Eclipse
, preliminarily comprising of 54 projects ranging from
modelling project Acceleo to GUI builder

There’s some exciting stuff within that list, including some
debuting projects including -

  • Code
     which supports developers in creating new
    APIs and then re-integrates them back into the IDE – thus making
    IDE’s more intelligent

  • EMF Query2
     - facilitates the process of search and
    retrieval of EMF model elements
  • Intent -
    tools for writing useful and synchronised documentation
  • Orion -
    a browser-based open tool integration platform which is
    entirely focused on developing for the web, in the web. Currently
    in the Incubator
  • Sapphire -
    a UI without wiring individual widgets

The list isn’t complete yet either and could quite easily
surpass Indigo’s 62. With so much on offer to the Eclipse
community, the anticipation could reach fever pitch for Juno as the
quantity increases – as we know the quality will as well.

Yet within days of Juno’s unveiling, the focus switched towards
2013’s release, currently called Juno+1. Chris Aniszczyk
issued a call to arms for the community to vote on the
, with preferences being given to names beginning with ‘K’
and ideally following the institution of celestial/god/scientist
themed naming system of old.

We’ve had the following already:

  • Callisto, 2006 (3.2)
  • Europe, 2007 (3.3)
  • Ganymede 2008 (3.4)
  • Galileo 2009 (3.5)
  • Helios 2010 (3.6, 4.0)
  • Indigo 2011 (3.7, 4.1)
  • Juno 2012 (3.8, 4.2)

Names suggested for Juno+1 include – Kepler (topical), Koala,
Kirk, Kuiper, Krakatoa, Kosmos, Kelvin, Kinetic, Krypton, Knuth,
Kapteyn, Kahn (probably not for the German goalkeeper). If you
believe you can do better than those options, you have until
January 1st to submit your suggestion, before a poll opens on the
6th. We’ll find out the name at the end of January – let’s hope it
isn’t Krispy Kreme as someone suggested!

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