Java News from Sunday, January 2, 2005

The Eclipse Project has posted the fourth milestone of Eclipse 3.1, 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. The main new features in 3.1 are Ant 1.6.2, quick fixes for serial version IDs, and some (still incomplete) support for Java 1.5. New features in this milestone include:

Just in case anyone had any doubts about why the Sun Community Source License (SCSL, pronounced "Scuzzle") is a bad idea, and not even close to open source, it should suffice to note that Sun has unilaterally revoked the FreeBSD Foundation's Java license, and now can't seem to be bothered to negotiate a new license with them. Write once, run on any platform Sun likes this week.