Eclipse Memory Analyzer 1.8.0 Release Review

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018



Minor release with some bugfixes and small improvements, including acquiring and analyzing dumps from Java 9 and Java 10.

Architectural Issues: 

The complications of multiple JVMs for both platforms for running Memory Analyzer, and the opportunity to acquire and analyze dumps from different JVMs running on the same machine means testing is hard to do exhaustively - adhoc testing is done on Windows and the build does test acquiring and analyzing dumps from the same Linux JVM used to test Memory Analyzer.

The collection class queries, although useful, require changes each release to match changes in the actual JVM classes.Some testing of the classes available to the build and test JVM on Jenkins is done. The Equinox bundle explorer queries similarly depend on the internals of the implementation. These queries are fragile and may break from JVM release to release or Equinox releases.

Security Issues: 

There are no known security vulnerabilities, though perhaps this should be checked again as dumps from untrusted sources could be analyzed. The OQL queries can be coded to execute methods on objects in the Memory Analyzer process - these queries are specified in the query, and so are not data driven.

Non-Code Aspects: 

Documentation for acquire dumps has been updated to reflect changes in the dump providers.

Conforms To UI/UX Guidelines: 
Not verified
Usability Details: 

No major changes this release for usability - some minor updates in the acquire heap dump wizard to make it easier to use, by allowing some sorting by column, resizing of columns, and linking to help topics.

End of Life: 

No features removed or marked for removal.


This has been a quiet year with only 4 topics on the forums and about 5 bugs on Bugzilla, but with nearly 200,000 downloads of Memory Analyzer 1.7.0

This release is part of Eclipse Photon.