java/eclipse and jdk1.6

Mark Linimon linimon at
Wed Feb 27 02:28:09 UTC 2008

On Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 11:12:03AM -0800, Greg Lewis wrote:
> A good argument for this is that it has lead to things like the Eclipse
> plugin for PHP (insert any language other than Java) being in the java
> category.  Thats just plain ridiculous in my view.

My own feeling is that the 'java' physical category has not been a success.
People are too confused about where to put things.  It's the only language-
specific physical category we have.

As for how/what on creating a new physical category, see
(it will also refer you to the relevant section of the Porter's Handbook).

I think it's a fairly easy call to have 'eclipse' created as a virtual
category.  There was a proposal a year or so ago to create some kind of
'ide' physical category for Integrated Development Environments of
various kinds, but it quickly resulted in more controversy than anything
else.  (IIRC I was against it at the time.)  I'd want to see a complete
proposed list before we went in that direction.

Mass category moves are stressful for our users IMHO, so we should only
use them if we really feel the hierarchy will be in much better shape
going forwards.


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