Open-Source Developing Using Java

Unlike Elvis, Colm has not left the building (yet) but I have been busy preparing to make some life-enhancing changes ;) so my blog has entered hibernation like so many other things. But I wanted to share something very cool with you - JetBrains are offering the Intellij IDE cost-free for use by open-source project developers. This exceptionally cool IDE has a darned decent Swing UI builder and since I work on open-source Java projects, I may just start using it for real instead of just getting nostalgic about the evaluation period.

It's a shame that each IDE has it's own extension framework; wouldn't it be nice if you could write a common extension for Eclipse, Netbeans and Intellij say? I must take a closer look one of these days and see if it would be possible to create a single common IDE extension SPI with adaptors to each of the IDEs...

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[Trackback] This is a faint immitation of Tim Bray's Sunbeam . Here is my pick of Sun Microsystems Inc. writers this week. Marion Vermazen writes about Sun's " very aggressive plan to roll out Solaris 10 across the approx...

Posted by On The Margins on February 26, 2005 at 03:08 PM PST #

Jetbrains is one of the sponsors: JSR 198 - A Standard Extension API for Integrated Development Environments Doesn't seem to be going anywhere though...

Posted by Someone or other on February 28, 2005 at 02:25 AM PST #

All the right folks signed to up JSR 198, but it does seem to be "hung". I think a working prototype for some of the extension SPIs for say Netbeans and Eclipse would break the impasse.

Posted by Colm Smyth on February 28, 2005 at 06:21 PM PST #

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