Monday, March 06, 2006

Eclipse IDE not updating to the latest version?

I just discovered that my Eclipse programming environment has not been updating itself to the latest version. I have been stuck at Eclipse version 3.1.0 for the past year. This is apparently due to a URL bug in the 3.1.0 release of Eclipse. See Ed Burnette's site for details.

Ed Burnette's view from the asylum: Eclipse updates still lag behind

(In short, add the site to your list of update sites under Help->Software Updates->Manage Configuration->Scan for Updates->Search for new features to install->New Remote Site...)

I discovered this problem when trying to create two editor windows for one source file. In Eclipse 3.1.0 editing two parts of the same file at the same time is not possible. In 3.1.2, select "New Editor" from the Window menu to create a second Editor pane with the same file you are currently editing. I am amazed that Eclipse lasted this long without such a feature designed into the original implementation.

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