Intelligent IDEs are the future

First public version of Eclipse Code Recommenders 0.5 is here!

Chris Mayer

Eclipse’s latest project aims to help developers pick up new APIs with minimal hassle

After months of stewing in the incubator, the Eclipse Foundation welcomes its newest member officially. Eclipse Code Recommenders 0.5 is here, aiming to add some artificial intelligence to your IDE.

The mission statement for this new project is one any developer can get behind. There’s probably been many a time in your career that you’ve had to pick up the abilities of a new API in double-quick time, but have had problems make it efficient for your project. Eclipse Code Reccommenders offers support for developers to learn correct API usages or valuable API usage patterns by analyzing example code and then re-integrates this regained knowledge back into your IDE. It does this through intelligent code completion, extended javadocs, smart bug detectors, stacktrace search engines and other methods, saving you valuable time training yourself to taming the API to your needs.

Several changes have been made this time round for the official release, mainly as the team outgrew their naming scheme. The biggest change is that Recommenders no longer relies on project builders and now analyses the all compilation units on-the-fly whenever code completion is triggered, meaning you can use it in any project without changing any project configuration file. A big leap but note only Eclipse APIs like JFace, SWT, JDT and Workbench are supported.

Other important steps have been made such as the completion engine now being solely reliant on JDT and a new chain completion engine. There’s also several improvements made to subwords.

The team are also looking to the future with plans to include official code-search support, which they demonstrate within the announcement. Take a glimpse, it’s impressive!

We’re really excited about this revolutionary addition to the Eclipse community and look forward to seeing it thrive.

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