At last week's EclipseCon, Eike Stepper and Ed Merks introduced Eclipse Oomph, which aims to simplify the out-of-the-box experience for Eclipse installations, facilitating IDE setup and project checkouts. Eclipse Oomph is available as a standalone installer for Eclipse and is built into Eclipse Mars packages, which are available as M6 releasees with a release date of June 2015.
At EclipseCon, the automated error reporting and UI freeze detecting tool - built into Eclipse Mars - was demonstrated. Having only been in the package for a short while, it has already helped identify and subsequently fix a number of problems. InfoQ spoke to the people behind the tools to find out more.
Codetrails has released Codecity for Eclipse, which provides a visualisation of Java packages and classes in a 3D visualisation to identify where code can be improved. InfoQ evaluates the plug-in.
Today at EclipseCon, Mark Reinhold gave a keynote on "Java 9 and Beyond" which looked at the upcoming features in Java 9 and some of the future plans for the Java ecosystem. InfoQ summarises the main parts of what will and might happen in the future.
Microsoft has released the source code for all OData .NET Libraries on GitHub.
Today at EclipseCon, the foundation released Xtext 2.8, bringing new tools for migrating existing Java codebases into Xtend applications and laying down a roadmap for the future.
Zero Turnaround has released Eclipse Optimizer, which provides a guided user interface for changing Eclipse JVM settings to optimize performance for Eclipse
At its Spring Forward keynote, Apple announced a new iOS ResearchKit framework aimed at enabling the use of mobile devices as a network of sensors for medical research. The framework will be open-sourced to developers next month.
The Groovy team is joining the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). Guillaume Laforge, Groovy project lead, wrote about why they chose ASF over the Eclipse Foundation or the Software Conservancy foundation. To learn more about this announcement, InfoQ spoke to Mr. Laforge about the new direction.
Alachisoft has offered a heavily stripped down version of their NCache product under the Apache 2 open source license. This version only supports .NET clients; unlike the full version while also has support for Java.
Google has opened sourced gRPC, a RPC framework used internally to connect cloud microservices. gRPC comes with support for 10 languages, making it attractive for creating back-end cloud services for mobile applications.
Facebook has open sourced Stetho, an Android debugging bridge enabling developers to debug their apps using Chrome DevTools.
Pivotal has decided to open source core components of their Big Data Suite and has announced the Open Data Platform, an initiative promoting open source and standardization for Big Data.
Microsoft has open source their research project TouchDevelop, which contains about 160K lines of code mostly written in TypeScript.
The Java development team at Microsoft Open Tech has released the latest version of Azure Toolkit for Eclipse that includes support for IBM WebSphere Liberty and Microsoft Application Insights. Available on Github, Azure Toolkit for Eclipse with Java is a plugin for developing, testing and deploying Java projects on Microsoft Azure.