Java News from Monday, August 15, 2005

The Eclipse Project has posted the first milestone of Eclipse 3.2, an open source integrated development environment (IDE) for Java. It also doubles as a base platform for your own applications, an alternative to the AWT and Swing, and a powerful floor wax and dessert topping. There's not a lot new in 3.2, some minor user interface improvements, sort direction indicators in table and tree headers, reorderable columns in tables. The cool new feature is the ability to paste a code snippet into the Package Explore and have Eclipse automatcially create a compilation unit for that snippet. That shoudl be useful for testing and expoerimentation.