Linux News Today: GNOME Builder Gets Ready for GNOME 3.18 with New Plugin Engine, Printer Support
Christian Hergert is currently working very hard on finishing touches in preparation for the final release of his powerful GNOME Builder 3.18 open-source integrated development environment software for the GNOME 3.18 desktop environment.
Therefore, GNOME Builder 3.18 Release Candidate was announced just a few minutes ago, September 17, 2015, and introduces a great number of new features and under-the-hood improvements, but also fixes last-minutes bugs, especially those reported by users since the previous release of the software.
According to the attached release notes, GNOME Builder 3.18 RC adds support for VTE-based Terminals, introduces support for implementing the build systems as plugins, comes with read-only plugin and snippets viewers in Preferences, and brings a new shortcuts dialog that helps users discover features.
Furthermore, there are improvements to CPU graphs and device manager, as well as on the UI designs implementation, previous buffers will now load a lot faster, the smart backspace and editor overview map functions were moved to GtkSourceView, and a new workspace layout with panels was also provided.
Among other interesting features, we can mention a new plugin engine powered by Libpeas, printer support, the ability to display the symbol tree in a panel for reduced widget overhead, and support for GObject Introspection for Python 3 via Jedi in the Completion functionality.
“This release is a snapshot before the final 3.18 release expected next week. This gives packages a chance to ensure that everything is in working order for the 3.18 release. We’d like to remember everything that Builder is still a beta product and we are working hard towards implementing all the requested features,” says Christian Hergert.
GNOME Builder 3.18 coming next week as part of GNOME 3.18
As one might have expected, the final release of the GNOME Builder 3.18 IDE (Integrated Development Environment) software will see the light of day next week, distributed as part of the anticipated GNOME 3.18 desktop environment, due for release on September 23, 2015.
Those of you wishing to take this last development build of GNOME Builder 3.18 for a test drive can download the GNOME Builder 3.18 RC sources right now from Softpedia. As usual, we remind you that this is a pre-release version, which means that it contains unresolved issues, so it’s not ready for production use.