Eclipse Mars Released
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Friday, 26 June 2015

The Mars release (v4.5) of Eclipse with additions for Java and improved Maven support is available for download.

 

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This is the tenth year that the Eclipse community has organized a coordinated release of multiple Eclipse projects. The Mars release pulls together the work of 79 different open source projects and 65 million lines of code.

The new Java IDE features start with the ability to view nested projects hierarchically. You can also customize perspectives, and text search has been made faster.

A new Linux Tools Docker Tooling plug-ins means you can manage Docker images and containers with similar functionality to the way you could using the command-line Docker command. There’s also a new project called Oomph that provides tools based on extensible frameworks. It makes it easier to install an Eclipse IDE, as it is packaged as fine-grained features that allow you to pick and choose which ones you want.

Gradle support has also been improved. Eclipse users can now use a new project called Buildship to set up, configure, and initiate Gradle builds from Eclipse. Maven support has also been improved, with support for Maven 3.3.3, improved Maven archetypes integration, enhanced auto-completion in the pom editor, and experimental support for automatic configuration updates.

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A new version of Sirius, 3.0, is another area of improvement. Sirius lets you specify a modeling workbench in terms of graphical, table or tree editors with validation rules and actions using declarative descriptions. The new version has tools to help users create diagrams, faster performance for large models, and improvements to the query language that makes it easier to write and validate expressions.

 

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Jubula is another project to have been improved, with a client API that lets you create test cases in Java. This means you can develop and maintain test cases in Eclipse and store those test cases in code repositories, such as Git.

Other improvements include an automated error reporting feature that prompts the sending of an error report to the appropriate Eclipse project team; and an early access version of Java 9 support meaning you can use Java 9 in the Eclipse IDE.

 

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