Thursday, September 07, 2006

Breaking News/Gossip

Labour Day marks the unofficial start of the new blogging season. Not to be outdone by Katie Couric, I decided to have a new format for my blog, whereby I focus on revealing breaking news in Eclipse 3.3 development.

My definition of 'breaking news' is that of CNN, so you may want to lower your expectations a bit :). Here is the first installment:

Work is under way in the Toronto offices of the Eclipse team on a new killer feature. When completed, this "feature" will help slash the Eclipse SDK download size by at least 30 MB. I do not want to give any more details at this time, as I do not want to jinx it; but if someone guesses correctly on where the 30MB can be trimmed, I will confirm the guess.

Another cool feature that we are working on is codenamed 'Command Conqueror'. It combines two of our favourite things: cool UI and the org.eclipse.ui.commands extension point.

So the 3.3 cycle is shaping up to be a very exciting one. Make sure to come to this blog to get the latest developments as they happen :)

10 comments:

Villane said...

Pack200?

Dominik said...

hmm, my 2 cent on how/where to save 30MB:

cent #1: pack200 compression

cent #2: documentation

Villane said...

Or maybe you're going to ditch the sources and make the "import plugin as source project" import from CVS?

AlBlue said...

I trimmed 3.2 from 120Mb to 48Mb just by getting rid of source and documentation. And that was without Pack200 compression, which I'd expect would take it down to nearer 35Mb.

Gunnar said...

Hehe. You could get rid of PDE to save download time and hack the plug-in.xml in the text editor. ;)

Bull said...

What if you drop the PDE? I heard that code was blotted :) Just kidding!

Wassim Melhem said...

Close, but no cigar :)

Documentation is the correct answer, but you can't just drop it from the sdk to make it smaller. You need a sophisticated mechanism to deliver documentation. That is the new cool feature.

As for funny men Gunnar and Ian, you are both out of the will :)

Dominik said...

Yay :)

About that sophisticated mechanism, any chance that it contains a wiki-like collaborative documentation feature with live-update?

Curtis d'Entremont said...

I won't say impossible, but not likely for 3.3. It's been requested a long time ago but is not at the top of the priority list yet. Unless you want to volunteer? ;-)

m0 said...

how much MB would pack200 compression save ?