Eclipse Foundation Releases Next-Generation IDE, Eclipse Che 4.0
Today at EclipseCon, the Eclipse Foundation announced the release of Eclipse Che 4.0, the first public release of the Eclipse Che cloud IDE workspace server and universal web based IDE. Tyler Jewell gave the opening keynote at EclipseCon talking about the evolution and the future of IDEs, demonstrating how Eclipse Che can be used to provide a distributed workspace requiring only a browser on the client in order to be able to code.
Tyler Jewell, Eclipse Che project lead and Codenvy CEO described the goal of the project as:
Eclipse Che is moving development forward with a universal workspace. By making workspaces portable, they can relocate anywhere, giving development teams on-demand environments that can be part of an agile process.
Codenvy has been developing a web-based IDE for some time, and the core was donated the code base to the Eclipse foundation in Summer 2014. Since then, other commercial partners have joined in the Eclipse Che project, including Microsoft, Red Hat and SAP. Others have been enthusiastically trying it out, including Vaadin, IBM's Bluemix DevOps Services, SmartBear, SourceGraph, Tomitribe and eXo Platform.
Eclipse Che also ships with a plug-in framework, which allows extensions to be written, uploaded, and installed into the server. This includes the provision of stacks, which allow different languages and tools to be added to the framework.
Eclipse Che has been designed using Docker as the run-time image format, which means that getting started with Eclipse Che is trivial; the Getting Started page shows how to either install the product directly or using Docker to launch the Che runtime image
Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation, said that:
Eclipse Che can be downloaded from the Eclipse Che page, and the source code is developed in the open on GitHub. There’s an extensive set of documentation available as well as a blog that contains more information about the project.