Browser-based IDEs (integrated development environments) are increasing in popularity as their capabilities improve, but they still have a tough road to widespread adoption. Some of the obstacles are only speed bumps, while others are like oceans – there’s just no way around them. Desktop IDEs are comfortably on an island by themselves and it’s up to browser-based IDEs to find a way to bridge the gap.
Being a developer today is perhaps more exhilarating than at any other time in history. We have incredible choice when it comes to languages and frameworks, and tools like GitHub and StackOverflow have connected millions to make sharing code and expertise simple and fast. These conveniences have allowed us all to spend more of our time being creative and honing our craft, rather than fighting with source code repos and ancient languages. But in this age of global sharing and constant collaboration, one of our most important development tools, the IDE, has remained stubbornly individual and private. Why?
Eclipse is supposed to be easy to work with, but hours of coding in this IDE can really tire out your eyes. Never fear – there’s now a solution to this problem. The Eclipse theme “Clean Sheet” was developed for an eye-friendly UX.
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.
After access was granted via JetBrains’ Early Access Program, the official preview for IntelliJ IDEA 15 has landed: weekly sneak peeks have culminated in a built-in Kotlin M14 plugin, updated database tools and easier debugging of lambda expressions.
Community outrage against the new JetBrains subscription model shows that the IntelliJ IDE creators are not aligning their business with customer needs, says Tom Radcliffe, Director of Engineering at ActiveState, the company behind polyglot IDE Komodo.
“Whether the industry will come to accept this model as a standard, I don’t know,” says JetBrains Developer Advocacy Team Lead Hadi Hariri of the new subscription model. While many rough edges of the new model have been smoothed out, it remains uncertain if the price is right.
JetBrains users have been loudly voicing their disapproval at the new “JetBrains Toolbox” SaaS payment model, announced this week by the makers of the Java IDE IntelliJ IDEA.
The Eclipse Science Working Group convened at the Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute (MARINTEK) in Trondheim to discuss the development of an Eclipse-based science platform for better data modelling and data visualisation.
The Eclipse Foundation are looking to employ a bit of financial self-love by administering Foundation funds directly into Eclipse projects. Up until now, the Foundation acted primarily as the emissary between development and Foundation members.
Google will no longer support Eclipse plugins for Android development after shifting to a greater focus on Android Studio. Punters wishing to stick with Eclipse will need to seek out open-source alternatives before support dries up at the end of 2015.
It’s that time again – the next version of the Eclipse platform will be released this week. On June 24, Eclipse “Mars” will ship, combining 79 projects that have coordinated their updates for Platform 4.5. What can we expect?
Most programmers form very strong opinions on their choice of tools. But before you make your mind up, you need to know what other programming toolkits are out there.