Important information about Java Plug-in for Eclipse 1.3

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We are pleased to highlight an updated release of the BlackBerry® Java® Plug-in for Eclipse®, which offers support for the latest version of Eclipse® 3.6 (Helios). This new version offers many new features for Java® developers and is designed to help with debugging performance. Another important aspect of this launch is that it marks the start of a new way of plug-in distribution. We wanted to simplify accessing and installing SDKs and help new developers get started as quickly and smoothly as possible.

This means we will no longer provide an update site for the Java Plug-in for Eclipse 1.3 release and BlackBerry® WebWorks™ on Eclipse. However, we will keep update sites available for component pack downloads. Recently, we’ve been noticing a shift by developers from using one pre-installed Eclipse instance with multiple plug-ins to using several targeted Eclipse installations. This shift helps resolve incompatibilities between plug-ins and Eclipse or JDT versions, which means that there are better plug-in loads, increased stability, and fewer corrupted workspaces.

We also think this new direction for plug-in distribution will decrease partial installs due to Internet connectivity issues in many regions, which we know our developer community – and new developers in particular – have found frustrating.

We recognize that advanced Eclipse users may want to manage their environment on their own for multiple plug-ins. With this in mind, we will continue to explore other options for advanced users. In the meantime, send us your feedback by commenting below, or on our support forums where we’ve started a thread on this topic. Thanks for your feedback – we’re listening!

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