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Difference between all the versions of Eclipse [message #1752215] Fri, 20 January 2017 01:39 Go to next message
Michael Leach is currently offline Michael LeachFriend
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Here are some of the various packages of Eclipse.

Neon
Oxygen
Mars
Luna
Kepler
Juno
Indigo
Helios
Galileo

Please answer each question.

1. What is the difference between these packages of Eclipse?
2. How do you know which Eclipse package you should use?
3. Which packages is most commonly used?
4. On another note, what is an Eclipse project?
5. How does an Eclipse project differ from all the versions of Eclipse listed above?
6. How is an Eclipse package defined? Are these packages merely different versions of Eclipse?


Re: Difference between all the versions of Eclipse [message #1752220 is a reply to message #1752215] Fri, 20 January 2017 05:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ed Merks is currently offline Ed MerksFriend
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1. They contain different features. There is a link for each package describing what it contains.
2. Based on which features you want.
3. I believe the JEE feature is the most popular. On the packaged downloads, it shows how many times each package has been downloaded, so you can see this for yourself.
4. A top-level Eclipse project is just a container for various subprojects. So the Eclipse Project named "Eclipse Project" (a rather unfortunate historical choice), hosts things like the platform UI code, the JDT project, the PDE project and so on. The project also produces its own package to include only mostly only projects..
5. It doesn't. It also provides versions that align with those yearly release named versions.
6. The names you show, are the names of the yearly releases. So many named packages provide different versions based on those named release.

In the end, you can make your own package by installing any given package and using Help -> Install New Software to install any features you'd like to include but aren't included by default.
Re: Difference between all the versions of Eclipse [message #1752222 is a reply to message #1752215] Fri, 20 January 2017 05:53 Go to previous message
Nitin Dahyabhai is currently offline Nitin DahyabhaiFriend
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Registered: July 2009
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1. What is the difference between these packages of Eclipse?
Those are from different years. They contain older or newer revisions of their contents depending on the year.

2. How do you know which Eclipse package you should use?
Among those listed, which are versions, use the latest. It's what you're pointed to by the big Download button on the front page. Older releases generally do not get further maintenance releases, and they might have their own quirks under newer O.S. and Java Runtime versions. If you genuinely mean which packages of the latest release to use, there's a comparison grid at https://www.eclipse.org/downloads/compare.php?release=neon .

3. Which packages is most commonly used?
Download numbers are shown on https://www.eclipse.org/downloads/eclipse-packages/ , plus they're listed there in descending order.

4. On another note, what is an Eclipse project?
An overloaded term. It might mean any project hosted/centered on eclipse,org; those listed by https://projects.eclipse.org . It might mean the top-level Eclipse Project itself, which provides the Platform, and the Java and Plug-in development tools used to author Eclipse Plug-ins. Colloquially it's often used to refer to a project that would existing within an Eclipse user's workspace.

5 and 6 don't really make a lot of sense to me.


Nitin Dahyabhai
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