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Re: [ide-dev] Project News Notifications in Eclipse?

The Platform UA system has news feed support built in, which does include things like the Git security release. Maybe it just needs a slightly more visible notification in the workbench window footer when there is a new entry in the feed? We would have to be very careful to keep the news minimal and relevant to a broad set of the community.

From:        Marcel Bruch <marcel.bruch@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To:        Discussions about the IDE <ide-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date:        02/12/2015 05:23 AM
Subject:        [ide-dev] Project News Notifications in Eclipse?
Sent by:        ide-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx

Greetings Eclipse Developer Community,

I’m currently thinking about a mechanism to let Eclipse users know about “security related or project news”. For instance, the GIT security was hard to push out to people because not many were aware of it. I can also imagine that projects would be interested to send notifications about new releases or other information to its users (and only its users).

So far, only the marketplace client offers a news section that tries to accomplish something similar.
How about an extension point where plugins can register a news feed url and a background job that checks these urls every, say, 7 days to fetch updates. If an update is found, we could show a tray icon that shows that there are news available and on-click send devs to the web page.

It doesn’t have to be a tray icon. But I’d like the idea to let user know about news and, especially, security related news.

Any thoughts?


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