Java News from Thursday, June 23, 2005

The Eclipse Project has posted the third release candidate of Eclipse 3.1, an open source integrated development environment (IDE) for Java. Eclipse 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 improved Ant support including a debugger, quick fixes for serial version IDs, rich client platform (RCP) wizards, and support for Java 1.5.

The release notes for this build haven't been posted yet, but this is only about a week after the last release so one assumes it's mostly bug fixes. The icon has changed a little, at least on Mac OS X. That's the new icon over on the right. I haven't noticed any other obvious changes. I do note that Eclipse still can't remember where my workspace is after I upgrade the application.

Bare Bones Software has released version 8.2.2 of BBEdit, my preferred text editor on the Mac. This is a bug fix release. BBEdit is $179 payware. Upgrades from 8.x are free. They're $49 for 7.0 owners and $59 for owners of earlier versions. Mac OS X 10.3.5 or later is required.