Macromedia seems to be moving forward & now they’ll be joining the Eclipse Foundation. Eclipse is an open-source IDE(Integrated Development Environment) written in Java, with support for a lot of things, including even Flash!!
So now Macromedia is joining the Eclipse Foundation & will be creating a next-generation rich Internet application development tool code named Zorn, reports c|net.
And Macromedia’s Chief Software Architect, Kevin Lynch, is right in saying that its a big move for them as just like Microsoft, they use their tools only(as far as they can, b’coz they definitely don’t have their own OS nor do they have their own IDEs for building Flash etc.)!! 😉
Well, we’ll have to see what brews here!! From my point, I’ve heard a lot about Eclipse but haven’t used it yet, haven’t had the need to use it & besides, I really hate Java based applications & avoid them as far as I can, they are horribly slow!! 🙁
Eclipse is a great IDE – I develop GeSHi with it. Native CVS integration is one reason to switch alone.
And as for speed: It takes a while to start (though my 3.2gHz P4 starts it pretty quick), and doesn’t really run slow at all! It will consume a bit of CPU and RAM but that’s to be expected from something so powerful.
Even my laptop (an 800mHz P3, 256M of ram) can run it just fine!
It’s a great IDE, I suggest you give it a try (if you can handle the 90M download for 3.1RC1…)
One thing that you must’ve not noticed is that when you have Eclipse open & then you minimise & do other work & then open Eclipse window again after some time(say 20-25 minutes), it’ll appear to be black & only after a few minutes(1-2 minutes) it’ll get back normal. This is a problem with which all Java based IDEs are plagued, even Zend.
I’ll sure give it a try maybe later!! And yes I can handle 90MB download, its not a big deal, I’m currently downloading Solaris 10 which weighs 2GB!! 😉
Nope, I’ve never noticed that problem – I’ve suspended Eclipse to RAM even and it works just fine. I’ve used it on a P3, a P4 w/ HT (both running Debian) and on NetBSD, and my friends have run it on various versions of windows and we’ve never seen that…
That’s very strange as I’ve seen it & a bit of sluggish performance in all Java based applications on all versions of Windows above Win2000. Even on high end machines with 2.8Ghz processors & 512MB RAM.
Maybe I’ll download Eclipse & see what’s the buzz is all about!! 😀
Well of course, I’m using Debian sarge, so I don’t have as much to worry about re. the performance – you’ve got XP trying to run viruses and drawing alpha-channel rounded corners on windows 😉
But I do advise you to give it a try, and I’m happy to give you any assistance with it, because it’s the best all-round IDE I’ve ever used.
had it been WinXP, I’d not be bothered about performance on a 2Ghz processor with 512MB RAM. WinXP’s performance is great once you’ve tweaked it & disabled all the useless stuff while still keeping the eye-candy. the fact is that the 2000 server takes up a lot of CPU & RAM & thus performance is a problem here!! I think I need a dual core 3Ghz processor & 1-2 GB of RAM to run it well!! 😉