Thursday, August 18, 2016

LiClipse 3.1.0 (updating dependencies)

LiClipse 3.1.0 was just released.

The major changes aren't really on LiClipse itself, but on the bundled PyDev (5.2.0) and EGit (4.4.0) plugins.

PyDev changes may be seen at http://pydev.blogspot.com.br/2016/08/pydev-520-released-static-type.html.

EGit changes may be seen at https://wiki.eclipse.org/EGit/New_and_Noteworthy.

Enjoy!


Friday, May 20, 2016

LiClipse 3.0.3 (providing back to Open Source: multiple languages/TextMate bundles in Eclipse).

LiClipse 3.0.3 is now released... The main things on LiClipse itself is that the base platform was upgraded to Eclipse 4.6 RC1 and EGit was upgraded (it had a critical issue in the Git Staging View).

Now, what I really wanted to talk about is that with this release, the LiClipse editor component was open sourced!

The editor component in this case is the component which allows LiClipse to support multiple languages out of the box (either through its own language or through the TextMate grammar).

So, the features which are now available as Open Source (EPL) are:

  • Syntax Highlighting (LiClipse, TextMate or SublimeText based).
  • Code completion.
  • Outline view and Quick Outline.
  • Text-based mark occurrences.
  • LiClipse Languages view:
    • Enables exploring installed languages.
  • LiClipse Partitions view:
    • Enables inspecting the partitioning of the editor.
    • Useful to debug how LiClipseText is parsing a language.
  • Use LiClipseText as a base for other editors:
  • Languages may be created and experimented with on-the-fly, without restarting Eclipse.
The home page with more details on the project is: http://liclipse.com/text.

So, what does this mean for LiClipse itself and its current users?

First, LiClipse (the commercial counterpart) still exists and provides advanced features not in LiClipseText:
  • Bundling of LiClipseText (along with PyDev, EGit, ColorTheme, AnyEdit and StartExplorer) as a standalone with native installers.
  • Enhancements to the theming (allowing theming of the IDE along with the editor and a nice dark theme).
  • Multiple cursors.
  • Linting for JavaScript, XML and HTML editors.
  • Code formatting for HTML, XML.
  • Vertical Indent Guides.
  • Improved text search capabilities (with Lucene index-based searching, support for external folders, open editors and additional filtering on results page).
  • HTML preview for the RST, Markdown and HTML editors.
  • Debugging of Django Templates in PyDev.
  • Launching of files opened with LiClipseText.
My hope is that users that can will still upgrade to it (to get the advanced features and to help in keeping the LiClipseText and PyDev development going on) or will donate to keep its development going forward...

And the main benefit here (both for existing users or new users) is that the LiClipse editor (LiClipseText) being EPL makes it hackable by anyone ;)

Thursday, May 5, 2016

LiClipse 3.0.1: Java 8 now required (JSHint and Beautify.js using Nashorn JavaScript engine)

LiClipse 3.0.1 is now available for download.

There are 2 major changes in this release: it's now based on Eclipse 4.6 M7 and requires Java 8 to run.

I find Eclipse 4.6 M7 a big improvement over 4.5 already (for me, the major improvements are that the default dark theme improved and it's speedier, but there are many other improvements -- you can see those starting at https://www.eclipse.org/eclipse/news/4.6/M7 -- and going back up to M1).

The Java 8 requirement also brought a nice improvement for running JSHint: the Nashorn JavaScript engine which is now used to run it (it's much faster than Rhino, so, big JavaScript documents should no longer make LiClipse stall due to the JSHint code-analysis) -- unfortunately it's not currently officially supported (https://github.com/jshint/jshint/issues/2730), so, a modified version was used to run in it in LiClipse.

This release also removed the builtin support for the trees/tables custom scrollbars (I hope to restore that later on... still, currently, it's possible to restore it's behavior by installing the Xiliary plugin from http://fappel.github.io/xiliary/clean-sheet.html and enabling the related setting at at General > Appearance > Color Theme).

Also, EGit (which now handles pre-commit hooks properly) and PyDev (which now keeps the state of the PyUnit view across restarts) were updated.

As a note, users which have a license for LiClipse 2.x need to renew the license to use LiClipse 3.x (users that bought it within the last month are eligible for a free upgrade).

Friday, January 22, 2016

Fully themed scrollbars in Eclipse (Trees, Tables, StyledText) in LiClipse 2.5.2

Ok, LiClipse 2.5.2 is out and it adds support for theming the scrollbars for Trees and Tables by using the Xiliary swt libraries, in addition to the support which was already built in, which allowed StyledTexts to be themed in LiClipse.

Below is a snapshot of LiClipse 2.5.2, in Windows using the LiClipse Dark theme with scrollbars visible for all the elements shown -- enough said ;)



Thursday, January 14, 2016

LiClipse 2.5.1 (TextMate bundle fixes and faster Python debugging)

LiClipse 2.5.1 added support to proper commenting (Ctrl+/) on TextMate based languages. Also, syntax highlighting support had some fixes done, which fixed some issues in the Ruby syntax highlighting.

Also, this version updated PyDev to 4.5.1, which brings a much faster debugger to the table and an update to the latest EGit.

See http://liclipse.com for more information on LiClipse and http://pydev.org for PyDev.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

LiClipse 2.4.0 (Critical fix for TextMate bundles and PyDev update)

The latest LiClipse (2.4.0) is now available to download.

The major fix was in the integration with TextMate bundles, which was applying some indent rules when the user didn't really add a new line.

Also, this version adds support for RAML (http://raml.org/).

Besides that, the bundled PyDev was upgraded to the latest version, which had some nice improvements such as improved ansi colors in the interactive console, more information when all elements were filtered out in the PyDev Package Explorer, code completion improvements, etc.

See http://liclipse.com for more information on LiClipse and http://pydev.org for PyDev.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Improved TextMate bundles integration and instant searches on Eclipse (LiClipse 2.3.0)

Yeap, LiClipse 2.3.0 is out now.

The main change in this release was a restructuring on how the parsing works...

This deserves some better explanation: in Eclipse, the default parsing structure is done by separating a document in many top-level partitions and later on those partitions are scanned to give syntax highlighting.

The issue here is that in LiClipse when parsing with TextMate rules, a single parse will provide all the information at once (top-level partitions and internal scopes in the partition), so, the code was restructured so that a single parse is done and the information is properly saved to be accessed later on, so, a single parse will provide the partitions, colors, outline, etc.

This means that LiClipse became even more responsive, especially when dealing with TextMate rules and the scope information is available to better support TextMate snippets for code-completion.

Also, the searching structure created on LiClipse 2.2.0 was ironed out (and its really pleasant getting instant searches even on big codebases).

Enjoy!