The release train has pulled into the station

Top 5 Reasons Why You Need Eclipse Juno

The fourth week in June should always be on the minds of any Eclipse project developer, the end point of a year's hard grafting and heavily preparing their part of the Eclipse jigsaw puzzle.

Today, the 9th annual simultaneous release train, Eclipse Juno has arrived into view, bringing with it 72 projects - the most in Eclipse history to date. It's a phenomenal undertaking by the vibrant community who are always looking to usher in new ideas and new projects. Ten more promising projects join in the fun from last year's Eclipse Indigo an indication of how keen they are to welcome new converts.

The Eclipse Juno by Numbers should hopefully demonstrate just why Holger Voormann believes this is "the best simultaneous release of its time". He also provided these lovely graphics demonstrating the growth of Eclipse over the years, and how it has coped with dealing with bugs during that time.

Eclipse Juno By Numbers

  • 72 projects  (95 if broken down into subprojects)
  • 445 open source committers
  • 55 million lines of code,
  • 40+ Eclipse member companies.

It really shouldn't be underestimated just how large this release is for the Eclipse community - not only does it welcome in E4 as the mainstream application platform after four years in the making, but it represents a big shift for many of the projects migrating across to Git from SVN and CVS. Wayne Beaton revealed that around two thirds (61 in the entire 95) have made the move across before December's deadline day, suggesting that that drive had been a success.

Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation was understandably thrilled with the arrival of the community's biggest effort so far, saying:

Each year the commitment and dedication of the Eclipse committers demonstrate that Eclipse is a great example of open source distributed development that ships on a predictable schedule, and scales to tens of millions of lines of code.

I am especially happy Juno is based on the Eclipse 4.2 platform, thus providing a stable platform for continued innovation in the Eclipse community.

We at JAX Towers express similar sentiments. Not only do we have a bumper-packed Java Tech Journal that looks at some of the projects that appear in Juno in-depth, but we thought we'd highlight five reasons why you ought to check Eclipse Juno.

Congratulations to all those involved on the biggest simultaneous release in software history - now the work begins towards Kepler! Download it all here.



Chris Mayer

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