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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Goodbye **early access** for Mac cocoa

The SWT team has been working really hard to complete the Mac cocoa port for Eclipse 3.5. As is typical with these things, about 95% of the code works but it's the last 5% that makes all the difference. What's in the 5%? The usual crashes, performance problems and stupid bugs that make things look bad, when in fact they are pretty good.

Here are some bugs that have been fixed recently for Eclipse 3.5 M5 (253227, 260929, 261854 and my personal favourite 251021). Some didn't make it because there wasn't enough time to get to them (260592) but we'll be looking into them and more for M6.

Special thanks go to the committers Kevin Barnes, Grant Gayed, Scott Kovatch, Silenio Quarti and Felipe Heidrich as well as the community for testing and reporting bugs. We aren't done yet. As more people start running the code, we're going to see more problems and more crazy fixes in the code.

Stay tuned!



  • Congratulations! I've been using M4 Cocoa x86_64 for a while now. While it is *definitely* early-access (performance issues, esp in StyledText, etc), it's still infinitely better than Carbon or worse, nothing at all. Props to everyone on the SWT team for their excellent work on this long-anticipated port.

    By Blogger Daniel Spiewak, at 1:43 PM  

  • Congrats on the accomplishment.

    By Blogger Chris Aniszczyk (zx), at 2:54 PM  

  • Go and get 3.5 M5 and run that. Let us know about anything you find.


    By Blogger Steve, at 5:54 PM  

  • Wow that's awesome... The Eclipse 3.2 "experience" on OS X was one of the main reasons I moved to Linux. Screenshots?

    By Anonymous Ken, at 2:06 PM  

  • Cool.

    Now all that's left is for eclipse to have a decent FSEvents based filesystem watcher, and it might actually become a _usable_ IDE on the mac.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:27 AM  

  • You got code?

    By Blogger Steve, at 9:03 AM  

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