Java News from Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Eclipse Project has posted the seventh milestone of Eclipse 3.3, 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. New features in this release. mostly minor, include:

Personally I'm about ready to give up on Eclipse. 3.2 introduced major crippling bugs that have been unresolved for over a year now, and there seems to be no effort toward fixing these. On top of that, it has major flaws integrating with the Mac; and there seems to be little interest in fixing those either. IBM has made the same mistake with SWT that Sun made with the AWT and Swing years ago: thinking that multiplatform means Windows+Unix. It doesn't. Sun has learned its lesson. IBM hasn't. Perhaps it's time to give Netbeans a chance, speaking of which,

Sun's posted the ninth milestone of NetBeans 6.0, its pure Java IDE for various platforms. Additions include: