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Eclipse Special: Milestone Build Now Available - Eclipse 3.0 M8

Eclipse Special: Milestone Build Now Available - Eclipse 3.0 M8

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    In summarizing all the features in the Eclipse 3.0 M8 build that are new since the previous milestone build, M7, the Eclipse.org download site has a comprehensive approach.

    Everything is itemized, from the new full-screen welcome page to cheat sheets for walking the user through a lengthy sequence of steps.

    Here's a brief selection:

    • Code samples are now available off the new welcome page, the drag and drop feedback is improved, there's an improved Fastview bar, better scalability when there are multiple tabs, and improved progress reporting for background tasks.
    • The set of available build commands in the Project menu has been simplified, the standard workbench extension points now pick up new contributions from plug-ins that are added dynamically by the update manager, SWT Table now supports the SWT.VIRTUAL style, and SWT's StyledText widget has been rewritten to use two new SWT graphics classes.
    • Errors discovered parsing Ant build files now show up in the Problems view and the Ant editor now supports templates for Ant buildfiles.
    • There are improved debugger pop-ups, improved pre-launch builds, and improved self-hosting. There's a new feature called Collapse Views.
    • Lastly, SWT now runs on AMD64 processors running GTK Linux. Eclipse on 64-bit GTK Linux is not yet production.
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