Dark themes are the new black

Eclipse Luna 4.4: the one week countdown is on

Lucy Carey

Primed and ready for Java 8 and with a host of zippy new dev tools including ‘dark’ theme, Luna is almost upon us.


The countdown until Eclipse Luna 4.4 – the default platform for building rich client applications – is officially on, with T-minus one week to go until the Java 8 ready release is fully ready to go.

Earlier this year, the Eclipse IDE platform was fully updated and to support the newly released Java SE 8. Daniel Megert, Project Manager of Java Development Tools (JDT) at the Eclipse Foundation, wrote that updates consisted 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.

Along with support for Java development tools, Luna comes with Plug-in development tools, object teams, the Eclipse Communication Framework, Maven integration, Xtext and Xtend. Besides these add-ins, the Eclipse compiler includes language enhancements, search and refactoring, Quick Assist and Clean Up to migrate anonymous classes to lambda expressions and back, and new formatter options for lambdas.

That’s not all: hold on to your hats, because there’s also a new dark theme which incorporates syntax highlighter settings for a host of programming languages. It’s also furnished with  split editors, line numbers on by default, reduced whitespace in default presentation, and ability to hide the “quick access” bar.

The have also been updates to the Eclipse Communication Project’s (ECF) specification-compliant implementation of OSGi Remote Service/Remote Service Admin to support the use of Java 8’s CompletableFuture for asynchronous remote services.

If you’re too impatient to wait for the official drop, you can get tinkering with the official release candidate (RC1) for Eclipse Luna here. There’s also a series of dedicated Eclipse Luna DemoCamps taking place around the world. You can check here to see if there’s one coming into your local orbit soon.
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