Home > General Development > Eclipse 2.1 Released; Python 2.3, PHP 5 NewsEclipse 2.1 Released; Python 2.3, PHP 5 News Submitted by Chris McKillop 2003-03-29 General Development 11 CommentsEclipse 2.1 was released today. For a list of what is new checkout here. In other developer news, OnLamp posted an article explaining what’s new in Python 2.3. Info on PHP 5 can be found from here.About The Author Eugenia LoliEx-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker.Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 11 Comments 2003-03-29 1:40 pm I never was very happy with the OO implementation of PHP 4.x, but it was still my web lanugauge of choice (by a wide margin). Looks to be getting better and better! 2003-03-29 5:11 pm Erm… Ever since the annoucement, the mirrors have been bogged down!Hope there was a significant speed increase (especially for Linux) 2003-03-29 7:26 pm Yes. Me too. That was my significant complaint with Eclipse. Although, I note that after plugins are loaded they sit in memory until your session ends However, apparently work is being done on this for 2.2…One thing I do want to see is a much better version of the CDT plugin… 2003-03-29 7:43 pm I read a while ago that Eclipse was compiling with gcj. Does anyone of a binary Eclipse produced for i386 or higher linux boxen? With only 128mb of ram on my machine, I’m not sure it could handle eclipse running on the jvm. 2003-03-29 8:48 pm Anyone have any mirrors for eclipse download for win32? I am getting like 1.8 k down… ugh..I could write an IDE before this download finishes!I hope they made it so that you can view your project in a more tree like fashing (like Netbeans) not having a seperate branch for each file.. 2003-03-29 9:50 pm Does the compiled version of Eclipse actually gain a performance boost?(honestly curious) 2003-03-29 9:53 pm http://klomp.org/mark/gij_eclipse/Ooh…according to this site, you need a 1GHz+ processor + 256MB of RAM to run the GCJ Eclipse?That sounds…excessive. Are there any users of the compiled eclipse out there? If so, is it any good? Also, what benefits does it have.Thanks. 2003-03-29 11:16 pm I have run Eclipse with 128M of ram before, it will be hitting your swap but it is livable. And this was with 1.0 which was a HUGE memory hog compared to 2.1 (one of the main goals of 2.1 was to reduce startup times and footprint).The CDT plugin is making pretty good progress actually. The guys at Rational are working on the new parser so that it will be able to do refactoring on C and C++ applications. That will be a real treat when it happens. Best thing to do to make the CDT move forward is to lend a hand! 2003-03-30 10:53 pm I’ve been waiting for exceptions handling in PHP for a while now, so this is good news. Stig Bakken (PHP team) held a conference here in Norway last week, it was VERY interesting. He spoke about PEAR and its purpose with PHP5, and also showed us some PHP5 syntaxes. All hail the PHP Team and their efforts. 2003-03-31 5:56 am I tested / used a lot of different Java IDE’s and I have to say: Eclipse is the best. Mostly becouse they use the SWT (Standard Widget Tool) as opposed to the Swing / AWT library in Java. I wanted to download it yesterday but the server is too crowded… mey I get lucky today 2003-03-31 10:10 pm I use PHP4 to build dynamic database-integrated websites, and I hope that PHP5 will keep its non-OO functions. In nearly all dynamic web pages, OO is an unnecessary obfuscation. OO junkies like to use PHP4 objects, even though these are seldom helpful, and even though the PHP4 object model doesn’t support encapsulation, one of the great advantages of OO.The strength of PHP is that it is optimised for building dynamic web pages, with simple syntax, and a fast learning curve. It’s good that the weaknesses of PHP4 objects are being addressed, but I don’t want PHP to become yet another Perl/Python/Ruby/Java.