2016-06-04

Something to look forward to: Eclipse Neon

Neon, the Eclipse Foundation's eleventh annual simultaneous release, will be available June 22, 2016. This is something I am really looking forward to, as the platform finally catches up in high dpi environments. As documented in New and Noteworthy (Platform and Equinox):
SWT now automatically scales images on high-DPI monitors on Windows and Linux, similar to the Mac's Retina support on OS X. In the absence of high-resolution images, SWT will auto-scale the available images to ensure that SWT-based applications like Eclipse are scaled proportionately to the resolution of the monitor.
Something I have been longing for, too:
  • Commands and shortcuts to zoom in text editors
  • Pinch to zoom in text editors
And there is a plethora of further improvements and additions. This simultaneous release includes content from 85 Eclipse projects. Quite a few things to check out.

Ten years ago I started working on Einstieg in Eclipse 3.3. The book was published in 2007. Since then I have been watching Eclipse closely. Well, and four editions of the book followed. I hope to maintain this tradition. We will see. In the meantime, it is great to see and old friend healthy and prospering.