Eclipse 2.1 - New and Noteworthy


Tips and tricks For some helpful ideas for increasing your productivity, use Help > Tips and Tricks then chose which page you are interested in.

Tips and tricks selection dialog

User customizable
key bindings
You can now customize key bindings using Workbench > Keys preference page. Emacs users will find a predefined set of key bindings awaiting them.

Key bindings preference dialog

Editor navigation history Workbench editors now keep a navigation history. If you open a second editor while you're editing away, you can use Navigate > Back to get back, or press the back button on the workbench toolbar. The back button on your mouse also does the trick as along as it sends the standard Alt + Left Arrow key sequence.

Editor navigation history

Improved default text editor The default text editor now supports line numbers, cursor-line highlighting, print margin, annotation highlighting, and an overview ruler. All of these can be configured from the Workbench > Editors > Text Editor preference page.

Test editor preference dialog

Improved editor linking behavior The resource Navigator view is no longer tightly linked to the currently open editor by default. This means that closing or switching editors does not change the selection in the Navigator view, which many found disorienting. Toggle the Link with Editor button in the view toolbar to tie the Navigator view (or similar views) to always show the current file being edited.

Package explorer linked with editor

Better UI for editor / view synchronization The new Navigate > Show In command provides a uniform way to navigate from an open editor to a view showing the corresponding file (e.g., in the resource Navigator view), or from a file selected in one view to the same file in a different view (e.g., from the resource Navigator view to the Package Explorer view).

Navigate > Show In menu

Ant view There is a new Ant view (Window > Show View > Ant) that makes it easier to run Ant buildfiles. The Ant view allows you to view your Ant buildfiles in one place and simplifies running a single Ant target. The view includes a search button for finding Ant buildfiles in the workspace to add to the view.

Ant view

Ant editor

There is a new Ant editor that makes it easier to edit Ant buildfiles. The Ant editor provides content assist, syntax highlighting, an outline, and error reporting.

Ant editor

External tools & launch configurations

External tools now use debugger-style launch configurations. The Run > External Tools drop-down menu now appears and works in the same fashion as the run and debug drop-down menus. The output from external tools now appears in the standard Console view. External tools can now be run in the background, by a separate thread. This means that you can let an Ant build run or launch an external program and still continue to work in the Eclipse IDE.

Launch configuration dialog

More flexible project layouts There is now improved support for dealing with externally imposed restrictions on how the files in a workspace project are laid out in the local file system. When creating a folder or file, you can link it to an existing location in the file system outside of the workspace. This is done using the Advanced section on the New Folder and New File wizards. These linked resources are useful for integrating with external libraries or source code directories that cannot readily be copied into an Eclipse workspace.

Linked resource


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