Eclipse, the popular open source integrated development environment (IDE) for Java and other programming languages, releases a host of updates and related projects every year as part of a “train.” This year’s Eclipse train, codenamed “Luna,” will be huge with 76 different projects encompassing 61 million lines of code.
“When people who [are] building commercial products on top of the Eclipse platform know that they can count on getting these upgrades on a predictable date, that the various projects will be aligned and shipping together, that they won’t have to deal with any version mismatch problems or out-of-phase issues, it’s a huge help,” Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, said. “It allows those companies to comfortably plan and build products on top of Eclipse.”
Many of the updates in the Luna train focus on improving Eclipse support for Java 8. It also includes an Internet of things (IoT) messaging app called Paho, the EMF Client Platform, EMFStore, the Sirius modeling tool, QVTd, the Business Process Model and Notation project (BPMN2) and XWT.