My question refers to the information in this answer Force.com IDE – Still Officially Supported?, where a significant refactoring of the Force IDE is talked about that makes use of newer APIs and hopefully addresses some of the current weaknesses.
(This is different from the basic API version updates that just keep the Force IDE up to date with API version 27, 28, 29 etc.)
PS I am not looking for information about alternatives and would appreciate this not turning into a thread all about which set of tools is better.
PPS 50 points anyone?
Disclaimer: this is a very unofficial answer, safe harbor, blah blah.
However, I have word from an unofficial source that the promised Eclipse IDE refactoring (Tooling API, general re-factor) has indeed been occurring and should be released around mid-year. Unclear if the open sourcing will happen at the same time, but if I had to call it I would say don’t hold your breath on an open source release.
The Force.com IDE has been open sourced.