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J9 & The Harmonica Blower

Configuring Eclipse to work with J9 so you can get a Foundation 1.X VM reminds me of my days with the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). To put it simply, getting J9 to work is analogous to working with NES cartridges… sometimes you put it in the system only to have a gray or blank screen… nothing happens. If you were cool, you knew the special techniques to blow on the NES cartridge to make things work (or that fancy snap-in trick).

Never fear, the Eclipse Debug Team was hard at work during this release and for 3.4M3 it will be much easier to configure J9 and other VMs using Execution Environment Description files.

Looks like I’ll spend less time blowing my cartridges in 3.4 🙂