I’ve been using Eclipse since it was around version 2, and for the last three years or so, I’ve been writing plugins and sometimes RCP applications based on Eclipse.
I’ve also gotten used to looking for an Eclipse plugin for many things like db tools or complete IDEs for Python etc. Anyone who has worked with Eclipse knows that managing plugins becomes a pain in the neck in time. In order to keep things clean, I usually keep multiple installations of Eclipse, wasting an enormous amount of space, and also forgetting in which installation I’ve put that darn plugin.
Pulse is a tool that manages your Eclipse installations, and it is a great time and space saver. It lets you manage installations of different configurations, and it lets you save a lot of space by doing so. There are various problems, like in any software tool, MyEclipse does not play very nice with it, even though it has a Pulse based download, but still, Pulse will be a regular tool for my development environment.
Pulse has a subcription based usage and a free one, the difference being able to share your configurations with your friends and other minor things. I am now testing the subscription based membership for a trial, and if you want to take a look at Pulse, you can do so by visiting this link.