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Mon, 2013-11-04 14:50

A Bridge Too Far? - How To Navigate Eclipse's Remote Frameworks

Not surprisingly, Eclipse provides a plethora of remote frameworks, either directly in the platform, or in a variety of projects, including ECF, PTP, RSE, and others. These frameworks cover a broad range of remote functionality - from accessing files and resources remotely, to building distributed servers and tools. Unfortunately, these frameworks have tended to grow organically, so there has been little, if any, coordination between the efforts.

Mon, 2013-11-04 08:53

Automating Java Design Patterns with Xtend

Patterns have a long tradition in Java-land. Being it the infamous ProxyAdapterFactoryBuilder or just a simple Singleton.getInstance, the Gang-of-Four patterns have proven to provide a solid means to communicate the intent of a class hierarchy and a recipe to solve common problems. Unfortunately Java doesn't allow you to put these recipes into code for multiple reuse, but forces you to copy & paste these patterns from books and other resources. If you want to clean up your Java projects and significantly improve its maintainability, this tutorial is for you.

Mon, 2013-11-04 03:29

Turning Eclipse into an Arduino programming platform for kids

"Daddy, daddy, how does a computer work?"
We're used to say that curiosity is a bad habit but it is nonetheless one of the greatest strenghts of kids: they are eager to learn. Learn how a computer works, how one can build an application for a phone or a tablet, how one can create a video game. The best answer is probably to give them the tools to discover by themselves the answer to those questions.
Eclipse is used by hundreds of thousands of adults for programming activies, so why not by kids? How to turn Eclipse into a programming environment for kids?

Fri, 2013-11-01 16:18

A journey of getting HTML to work inside Eclipse

HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript are great technologies to build modern and highly interactive user interfaces. And we use those technologies for browser-based web applications all the time. While working more and more towards cloud-based developer tooling, we thought that it would be great to build certain user interfaces and tools only once and re-use them for cloud-based tooling as well as inside an Eclipse-based IDE. But how to do that? How to run those HTML-based UIs inside Eclipse? Of course SWT has an embedded browser widget and that seems to be the most logical answer to this question.

Fri, 2013-11-01 15:40

Making the Eclipse IDE fun again - continued

Many Eclipse IDE users are still happy using Eclipse as their daily Java IDE - and indeed, the Java tooling in Eclipse is great. But don’t you hear people saying things like: Eclipse got too big, too slow, too clunky, too overloaded with features and plugins, doesn't support language X, hard to configure, and similar complaints? I do. I hear people complaining about all sorts of things and I am afraid of Eclipse losing its great reputation as an IDE. As a consequence, I think, we should try to make Eclipse fun again.

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