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Eclipse Mars Update 1 arrives: Gradle support and bug fixes

Holger Voormann
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The first update for Eclipse Mars is now available, featuring support for the build system Gradle. ‘Mars.1’ also marks an important change in the Eclipse update cycle – instead of two yearly service releases, we can expect more frequent updates in future.

The Eclipse Mars Update 1 (short: Eclipse Mars.1) should have actually first appeared a week earlier. But because following the discovery of two bugs but it was decided to delay the release. In general, software users are well accustomed to bug-related delays – but a delay like this is a bit unusual for Eclipse. The recent main version, released in June, was on schedule to the exact day, just like all the other ten annual simultaneous releases.

One of the two errors came from Buildship, the IDE integration build system Gradle made known through Android. Buildship is included in the download packages for Java developers, for committers, for RCP / RAP, but not for Java EE developers. It’s the first project to have been added in an intermediate version.

New update cycle

To demonstrate that smaller releases are no longer just bug fixes, but also bring new features from existing and new projects, Eclipse releases will no longer be called ‘Service Releases’ but ‘Updates’. Starting with the next major release in June 2016, there will be three (instead of two) releases in three-month intervals.

The Automatic Error Reporting, which allows users to report problem reports to Eclipse (if they wish) is now bearing its first fruits. Numerous bug fixes from this have also made ​​it into the latest update. For new users, Eclipse Installer is now the recommended way to install one or more of the 13 Eclipse packages. Anyone that wants to have only one package can still download a ZIP file.

SEE ALSO: The top 10 new features in Eclipse Mars

In future, the Eclipse Foundation wants to accelerate the development of the Eclipse IDE by publicly announcing tasks, which can then be funded with donations. As with the Apache Foundation, the Eclipse Foundation has only been making the infrastructure available for open source projects under certain conditions and (unlike the Mozilla Foundation) does not have its own development team.

As of Friday, October 2, 2015, the Mars Update 1 release is available to download. In the following video you can see some of the new features available in Mars.1.

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Holger Voormann
Holger Voormann is a freelance software developer, consultant, avid Eclipse user, Eclipse committer and contributor. His interest is in the design of user interfaces, quality assurance and agile processes. He blogs at eclipsehowl.wordpress.com. You can e-mail him at: eclipse@voormann.de.

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