Eleventh annual release train

First look at Eclipse Neon release train

JAXenter Editorial Team
Eclipse Neon
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The Eclipse Foundation has just revealed the Neon release, the annual release train from the Eclipse community. This marks the eleventh year the Eclipse community has shipped a coordinated release of multiple Eclipse projects — this release train features 84 projects and 69 million lines of code with contribution by 779 developers, 331 of whom are Eclipse committers.


The eleventh annual release train includes the following highlights: 

  • Eclipse JSDT 2.0: There are new tools for JavaScript developers, including a new Chromium V8 Debugger, a JSON editor and support for Grunt/Gulp.
  • Platform and JDT Features: The most important Eclipse Platform enhancements are HiDPI support and autosave. JDT’s Content Assist now emphasizes matched characters and offers substring completion.
  • Updated PHP Development Tools Package (PDT): New Eclipse PDT 4.0 release for PHP developers with complete support for PHP 7 and improved performance.
  • Automated Error Reporting (AERI): The Eclipse Automated Error Reporting client can now be integrated into any third-party Eclipse plug-in or standalone RCP application.
  • Docker Tooling: Introducing improved support for Docker Tooling.
  • Eclipse User Storage Service (USS): This is a new storage service from the Eclipse Foundation, which enables projects to store and retrieve user data and preferences from their servers creating a better User Experience (UX) for developers.
  • New Projects: Buildship: Eclipse Plug-ins for Gradle (first prime release), EGerrit, Paho, Andmore – Eclipse Android Tooling, EMF Parsley and Eclipse Tools for Cloud Foundry.

Oxygen is the next Eclipse release train — scheduled for June 2017.

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