January 2014

Java 8 is coming - get ready

Java 8 is going to be released this coming March. In this edition of the newsletter we have a number of articles to get you ready!

We have an update from the Eclipse JDT team who have been getting JDT ready for Java 8. JavaFX will also be a big part of the release, so our e(fx)clipse project is there to make JavaFX development a smooth process. Finally, we have two articles about some key features in Java 8: Java Mission Control, now part of the JDK and an Eclipse RCP application and also Project Nashorn, a JavaScript engine for the JVM.

Continuing with our Java 8 theme, the Eclipse Foundation and Oracle are hosting a Java 8 Day at this year's EclipseCon in San Francisco. Don't miss out on the great content and the chance to learn about Java 8.

See you at EclipseCon!

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JDT Embraces Java 8

Find out what support you may expect from JDT as an Eclipse user.

Java Mission Control

Get a preview and try out Java Mission Control and Java Flight Recorder before the Java 8 release!

e(fx)clipse - JavaFX tooling and runtime

Learn more about JavaFX tooling and runtime.

Project Nashorn

Discover this new feature, Nashorn, upcoming in JDK 8. It provides a timely update of performance and capabilities of the co-bundled JavaScript engine.

Recommended Links

Eclipse Special Day at OOP

Join us in Munich on Febuary 4, 2014 for the Eclipse Special Day at OOP. Propose a demo and show us the cool things you've been doing with Eclipse. Call for demos deadline is January 24.
Eclipse Day Florence 2014 - Call for Papers

The third edition of the Eclipse Day Florence will take place May 23, 2014, in Florence, Italy. Submit a session proposal here.
Eclipse Community Awards 2014

Nominations are now open for the Eclipse Community Awards 2014! Nominate an individual for the Top Committer and Top Newcomer Evangelist Awards. Deadline for nominations is January 27, 2014.

John Arthorne

IBM Canada

What do you do?
These days my time is evenly divided between the Eclipse Platform, where I lead a team of IBM contributors on various components, and the Orion project, where I am the architect and maintainer of the Orion Java server. For the past two years, I have also had the privilege of representing committers on the Eclipse Board of Directors, which gives me a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of the Eclipse Foundation.

How long have you been using Eclipse?
Longer than anyone else. In mid 2000, I was on the team implementing the CVS support in Eclipse. We were the very first team to self-host and do all our development of Eclipse within Eclipse itself. CVS support was the last big missing piece needed to self-host so we became the guinea pigs making sure it all worked. I started contributing to Eclipse in 1998, when I ported some the early workspace and Java tooling components from Smalltalk to Java. Of course it wasn't actually called Eclipse until 2001!

Name five plugins you use and recommend:
I am not a big plugin user. I like to keep down to the minimal Eclipse Platform, Java tooling, and EGit. I sometimes use EclEmma for code coverage analysis, which is an excellent tool. In Orion I find the Code Mirror Modes plugin indispensable to get syntax highlighting for most of the major programming languages.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not working?
My favorite thing outside of work is hanging out with my kids, because they are still young enough that they love spending time with me! I also enjoy playing football (soccer for Americans), and reading fiction.

Stardust 1.1.0

EGit 3.2.0

JGit 3.2.0

RAP 2.2.0

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Training Series
January to December 2014
Various Locations

OOP: Eclipse Special Day
February 4, 2014
Munich, Germany

Eclipse IoT Day Grenoble 2014
February 19, 2014
Grenoble, France

Eclipse Stammtisch - JavaFX
March 6, 2014
Braunschweig, Germany

EclipseCon 2014
March 17-20, 2014
San Francisco, California

Eclipse Day Florence 2014
May 23, 2014
Florence, Italy

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