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Ganymede Press Release

Below is a draft of the press release to announce the Ganymede release train. Everyone is invited to add content and comments to the release. Feel free to add your favourite new features in the Ganymede release. Please try to be brief and to the point. We may have to edit and prioritize the content if it gets too long. Really long press releases tend to be not well received by the press.

NOTE: We have closed off the press release. We will put it thru a final edit and then release it next week. Thanks for everyone's input. Please send me (ian at eclipse dot org) an e-mail if you have any further comments.

Eclipse Delivers Its Annual Release Train

Ottawa, Canada – June 25, 2008 -- The Eclipse Foundation and the entire Eclipse community are pleased to announce the availability of the Ganymede Release, the annual release train developed by the Eclipse community. The Ganymede Release is a coordinated release of 23 different Eclipse project teams and represents over 18 million lines of code.

Key new features in the release include:

Equinox and Runtime Projects

  • A new provisioning system, called p2, makes it easier for Eclipse users to install and update Eclipse.
  • Equinox has added two new security features, including 1) a preferences-like storage for sensitive data such as passwords and login credentials. The information is encrypted using Java encryption mechanisms; and 2) the ability to easily use the Java authentication service (JAAS) in Equinox.
  • RAP 1.1 makes it easier to build great looking, scalable and modular web applications running on Equinox. New features include 1) the ability to customize the look & feel with Presentation Factories and CSS; and 2) the ability to store application state information on a per user basis.
  • The Eclipse Communication Framework (ECF) has added real-time shared editing and other communications features to allow developers to communicate and collaborate from within Eclipse.

Modeling Features

  • New Ecore tools provide developers a graphical environment for creating, editing and maintaining EMF Ecore models.
  • Enhanced Resource APIs in EMF have been added to fully support REST, including support for the full CRUD life cycle.

Developer Tools

  • A new JavaScript IDE, called JSDT, provides the same level of support for JavaScript as the JDT provides for Java. Some of the new features include code completion, quick fix, formatting and validation.
  • BIRT now provides an improved JavaScript editor and a new JavaScript debugger for debugging report event handlers. In addition, cross tables have been improved to support multiple measures, display measure values and totals as text or as charts, provide added support for cross table scripting and offer better filtering options.
  • DTP has added a new graphical SQL query editor, called the SQL Query Builder, and improved usability of connection profile creation and management for users and adopters/extenders.
  • WTP has improved UI support for Java EE 5: new wizards for Servlet Filters, Application Lifecycle Listeners, Session Beans, Message-Driven Beans; meta-data descriptor trees in the Project Explorer; and Bundled Libraries support for EAR projects.
  • Dali Java Persistence Tools has an expanded UI including a new Persistence.xml editor, new Entity and XML Mapping File wizards and JPA specific contributions to the Project Explorer. Dali has also improved configuration and validation with support for mapping with annotations, XML, or with a combination of annotations and XML.
  • The WTP JSF Tools Project has added features to improve web application development productivity. The release provides visual editing support for Apache MyFaces Trinidad components and enables support for future JSF 2.0 (JSR-314) enhancements such as Facelets.

Support for SOA

  • The new SCA Designer provides a graphical interface for developers who wish to create composite applications using the SCA 1.0 standard.
  • The Policy Editor is a collection of editors and validators that makes it easy for developers to construct and manipulate XML expressions that conform to the WS-Policy W3C standard.
  • The BPMN Editor continues to go from strength to strength and is now a mature and reliable framework that allows consumers to construct and extend the BPMN 1.1 standard notation to illustrate business processes.


The projects in the Ganymede release are now available for download. Seven Eclipse Packages have been created to make it easier for developers to download multiple projects.

Supporting Quotes

"Once again the Eclipse community has delivered our annual release train and continues to deliver innovative software in a predictable manner," said Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation. "New features like the Equinox p2 provisioning system, new modeling tools and tools that support SOA developers will be popular features for Eclipse users."

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