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To view our full selection of recent Eclipse stories click here As a kick off for this new column I figured I'd go over some of the good, bad and ugly in the new Eclipse M8 drop. I have been using M8 for two weeks now and I've accumulated a lot of notes of what I like and don't like in this latest of the drops before we get 3.0 final. Over all I am really impressed with this release. I went through the release notes and tried to comment on each aspect of what was documented as well as a couple of nice things that I found that are not in the release notes. Eye-candy - in the form of new welcome stuff. I like the look of it and seems to be very useful for RCP based apps. Since I'm not writing any RCP apps I probably won't have to write anything to plugin into the new Welcome extensibility points it's nice to know it's there. Cheat Sheets - very cool and very useful for... (more)

SYS-CON Radio interviews the Eclipse Foundation

SYS-CON Radio interviews Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director Eclipse Software Listen to the interview... ... (more)

Eclipse Special: Bill Dudney Looks at the Change Method Signature Refactoring

Read Bill Dudney Looks at Eclipse M8 Close-Up Read Remote Debugging Tomcat & JBoss Apps with Eclipse This column contains an excerpt from one of the refactoring chapters in my book Eclipse 3 Live. The book will eventually contain similar sections for all the refactorings available in Eclipse. Change Method SignatureThis refactoring allows you to change the signature of an existing method by changing any of the aspects of the method that make its signature. You can change the access rights (public, private, etc.), you can change the name as well as add or remove parameters, and yo... (more)

Integrating with Eclipse: Exclusive interview with Lee Nackman VP, Desktop Development Tools & CTO, Rational Software

In July IBM announced that the Rational tool set would be fully integrated within the Eclipse tool set and would provide an integrated set of tools to support the full life cycle of software development. Recently I was able to interview Lee Nackman, the CTO of the Rational division of IBM. In the press release IBM announced that the Rational tool set would fully embrace Eclipse. What does "fully embrace" mean? The next release (due by year's end) will have the ability to address several different roles in the software development process - analysts, architects, developers, and ev... (more)

Developer Testing Is 'In'

A few weeks ago Agitar Software announced that Kent Beck had joined their team. I sat down and talked with Alberto Savoia, CTO, and Kent Beck, Agitar Fellow, to find out what prompted the move and what Agitar is up to that is so exciting. JDJ: Kent and Alberto, why each other? Beck: I think the primary motivation for the move is that Agitar is supporting very similar things that I have been working on for a number of years. You have a kind of leverage from working with a commercial company that you just don't have as an individual. The technology is also very interesting. For ... (more)