Some New Features in Eclipse 3.2

In no particular order, some features that I’ve noticed but don’t remember seeing in the documentation:

  • When you open a closed project it asks if you also want to reopen referenced projects
  • Package Explorer filtering has an option to filter project libraries
  • There’s a Heap monitor widget with a GC button – Window|Preferences|General|Show Heap Status (there are plugins for this but it’s nice to have it as part of the IDE)
  • If you type a semicolon inside a string it inserts it in the string, not at end of line (assuming you have semicolon auto-insert on)
  • Ctrl-Shift-C (comments out the selected text) now works in Linux. That’s been annoying, having switched from Windows (and still using Windows at work). I use a lot of keyboard shortcuts and losing one is frustrating.
  • Typing ${ in the Ant editor autocompletes build properties and it even shows the currently resolved value for the property.
  • An autogenerated default implementation of a method override now inserts a “non-Javadoc” @see comment in addition to the @Override annotation, e.g.
/* (non-Javadoc)
 * @see java.lang.Object#toString()
public String toString() {
  // TODO Auto-generated method stub
  return super.toString();

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