Eclipse Galileo – Things I like

Eclipse is currently running a Galileo Blogathon. A good chance to get a free T-shirt…. 😉

The first thing I like about the Eclipse Galileo releases is that it does not dramatically change things. This makes is easy to keep my Eclipse articles at  updated.

Galileo has several nice smaller things which makes my life easier. For example JUnit has been upgraded to JUnit 4.5 which makes testing a bit simpler.

The Eclipse update manager p2 has been simplified and Eclipse PDE build can now automatically generated the p2 metadata if you set the property p2.gathering = true.

I love Eclipse databinding and Galileo has again improved here.  For example you have a default binding for StyledText and I could remove my own implementation for this.

I also enjoy several new extension points, for example you can now contribute your own save actions via the extension point org.eclipse.jdt.ui.cleanUps.

In the SWT text widget the SWT.SEARCH style is supported this will give a search text field a nice background text.


And for DateTime SWT widget the new SWT.DROP_DOWN just looks very professional.


Enjoy the new Eclipse Galileo release; I try to update my main articles until the release date.

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4 Responses to Eclipse Galileo – Things I like

  1. aviral says:

    Nice to read eclipse smooth changes will like to know about all the extension points so if u can give any pointers and how about CSS integration

  2. vogella says:

    Check out for tutorials on Eclipse.

  3. Ben says:

    When I use SWT.DROP_DOWN style with a DateTime object, it doesn’t work for me 🙁 It just shows the standard spinner-like object.

    Here’s my code:

    container = new Composite(parent, SWT.NULL);
    GridLayout layout = new GridLayout();
    layout.numColumns = 2;
    DateTime dt = new DateTime(container, SWT.DATE | SWT.MEDIUM | SWT.DROP_DOWN);

  4. vogella says:

    Ben, can you try the following:

    dateFrom = new DateTime(container, SWT.BORDER | SWT.DATE | SWT.DROP_DOWN);


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