Eclipse: From Ganymede to Galileo

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Eclipse is a one of the best products I have ever come across. Eclipse is panacea for millions of developers who need to write code or maintain it or even test it. Eclipse plays major role in lives of millions of people. Millions of Eclipse users think it is 'just' an IDE. But millions others treat Eclipse as a Platform. Eclipse was developed initially by IBM when the latter decided to adopt the open source licensing and operating model for this technology to increase exposure and accelerate adoption. IBM, along with eight other organizations, established the Eclipse consortium and eclipse.org. Initial members included (then-partners) Rational Software and TogetherSoft, as well as competitors WebGain and Borland.

Eclipse community is currently preparing for yearly release. The new release dubbed as Eclipse Galileo will go GA on June 24th. There will also be a virtual conference entitled Galileo in Action. There will be talks about Mylyn, ECF, p2 and more!

To honour this release I went on surveying already existing Eclipse users. The views are from advanced users to intermediate to early adopters. All these users are currently using Eclipse Ganymede 3.4.

My Friend Dattatreya, who uses Eclipse everyday in his work says:
I have been using eclipse from past 2 years.
Pros -
* Very neat UI
* Plug-able yet powerful tool for development
* Easy to Install and run
* Forums to support and solve most common issues / problem faced
Cons -
* Can't think of many cons, perhaps a bit more info on EMF, GMF and other emerging technologies will help. Nevertheless, it satisfies my development needs, and i do not have any intentions to switch to other non-eclipse based IDE's


Two of my colleagues had same views:
pros:
*Opensource
*Plug and play architecture
cons:
*Too much to understand from one version to other
*Incompatibility between versions

*Poor UI Response and It hangs many times

**A friend of mine who recently started using Eclipse feels its a great product and like above lazy colleague of mine, he googled out and sent me this link as his views: views. Little does he know that we have graduated from 3.0 eclipse to 3.5 now :) Still I appreciate the time spent for this.


My View:
Pros:
*Many companies have used Eclipse and created their Business model around it. Eclipse is a Billion Dollar business and Open Source. :) + all pros from above folks !

Cons:
*Its difficult to find what are the new projects added to Eclipse. Even if they are in incubation there should be a list of Projects I can look into.
*Using GMF was quite tough for me as I was new to Eclipse before 2years. I could not find good docs like those for EMF. So I had to create my own GMF documentation for future use: Documentation here. Its not complete yet ! Need desperate help from people out here :)



Some useful links:


Concluding:
I do hope 3.5 will solve all your issues if not most of it at least.
It took me more than a week to collate these response. So for the people who gave their views, we have organized a small Galileo release party. You will soon get mails for that. :)
Please do fill in your views and let us know how we can make Eclipse "A Better tool at Work".


Edited: I am really glad to say that Eclipse.org has gifted me a T-shirt for this article. Thanks.
Edited Again: Being cunning here ;) One of my article is published on IBM DeveloperWorks site. The article is on IBM's LotusLive . Happy Reading on SaaS

24 comments:

Narasimhan said...

dai. nee oru point pro and con under ur views nnu poduve. while others keep thinking about the list of pros and cons. idhula unnaku kindal vera. Too much da. :) But whatever ,i tried netbeans and find eclipse far far better. But netbeans seems to have a solid Swing dev kit.

Amit S said...

@Narasimhan
I never mentioned name ;)

shan said...

ennada amith netbeans is the better ide

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