Eclipse Photon IDE now available

The Eclipse Foundation, the platform for open collaboration and innovation, today announced the Photon release of the Eclipse IDE. This marks the thirteenth annual simultaneous release of Eclipse projects. There are 85 projects in the Eclipse Photon simultaneous release, consisting of over 73 million lines of code, with contribution by 620 developers, 246 of whom are Eclipse committers. As one of the world’s most popular desktop development environments, the Eclipse IDE is downloaded over 2 million times per month, and is the critical development environment for more than 4 million active users.

The simultaneous release delivers native Eclipse IDE experiences for Rust and C# through Language Server based plugins. The Language Server Protocol (LSP) ecosystem delivers editing support for popular and emerging programming languages. Combined with the move to a quarterly rolling release cadence, the LSP focus demonstrates a commitment to keeping pace with evolving developer and commercial needs.

“With new language adoption happening at a faster rate, LSP based plugins will take the Eclipse IDE’s proven extensibility to the next level,” said Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation. “Congratulations to all of the committers, projects, and Foundation staff that made the Eclipse Photon simultaneous release possible.”

Key Highlights of the Eclipse Photon Release:

  • Support for building, debugging, running and packaging Rust applications with full Eclipse IDE user experience.
  • C# editing and debug capabilities, including syntax coloring, autocomplete suggestions, code diagnostics, and code navigation tools.
  • Support for building Java™ 10 and Java EE™ 8 based applications out of the box.
  • Dark theme improvements in text colors, background color, popup dialogs, mark occurrences, and more.

For more information on the release’s features and projects, explore the Eclipse IDE, Photon Edition New and Noteworthy summary.

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