Genuitec Pulse for Eclipse

This is definitely one step closer to solving the CJAN problem. Basically Genuitec is offering a "free" tool that helps manage Eclipse configurations, in return for putting their non-free plugins up for sale in front of you. Not a bad trade off, actually.

I still have questions though. Like, what the heck is going on in the background? I'd love to just "not worry about it" but with a new meta-tool like Pulse, I think a bit of assuaging is in order. Also, it's great that you can share a "profile" but why can't you just install all of the features you want into one Eclipse profile? It seems like a recipe for disaster to maintain mutiple profiles on top of Eclipse's ability to offer multiple "Perspectives". That said, I've seen how plugins can step on each other (especially HTML and XML plugins), so perhaps it's not such a bad solution.

And what about workspace settings? That, actually, would make Eclipse profiles handy because you might have a "GWT" profile that uses a special code convention (in case you want to submit patches to Google). This is getting very close to having a "push button" installation manager, but it's only a month old and I'll have to keep an eye on it. Obviously Genuitec has big plans.

[Update: I can't recommend Pulse. It doesn't have an uninstaller. It doesn't have much in the way of plugins. I think that is a better alternative.]

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