The group, which includes IBM, will try to guarantee that the popular development tool satisfies market demands.
The Eclipse Foundation has created a working group to assure the popular Eclipse IDE suite of technologies’ continuing growth and sustainability. In addition, a new quarterly edition of the IDE has been released, which supports the most recent version of standard Java.
The Eclipse IDE Working Group will offer governance, direction, and financing for communities that support the delivery and maintenance of Eclipse IDE products. The group, which was formally launched on June 17, will focus on the desktop IDE and underlying technologies to fulfil market demands. IBM, SAP, EclipseSource, and Yatta Solutions are among the group’s members. The charter of the working group includes the following particular duties, among others:
- Oversee the development of the release plan
- Set criteria by which final products become “official”
- Provide a framework to guide the production of intermediate products required in the development of the IDE
- Act in coordination with the Eclipse Management Organization to administer the services hosted
- Assist in the growth of the ecosystem, including Eclipse Marketplace
Inquiries about participation in the working group can be made to Eclipse. Renowned particularly in the Java space, the open source Eclipse IDE has been around for 20 years and is used by millions of developers, according to Eclipse. The foundation also launched the 2021-06 release of the IDE on June 17, accessible at eclipse.org. Capabilities include:
- Support for Java 16, which was published in March.
- Improved Java development tools, with new cleanups and improved debug hovering.
- Support for Mac AArch64 (Arm64) architecture, leveraged in Apple M1 systems.
- An improved embedded terminal, supporting the opening of files and links with Ctrl+Click.