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developerWorks: Tune Eclipse's Startup Performance with the Runtime Spy, Part 1

Mar 11, 2004, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Kehn)

"Almost every day we hear of new companies adopting Eclipse as their application development platform of choice. With all these companies' products (not to mention all the Eclipse board member companies' products) potentially converging on the same installation, the risk of memory bloat and performance degradation is high. This article introduces a very helpful but not well-known tool, the Runtime Spy, to aid the plug-in developer. The Runtime Spy perspective is part pf the Core team's group of Spies and Tools...

"Eclipse's architecture is designed to enable the discovery of extensions to its environment at runtime. This architected extension capability allows many tools to integrate seamlessly into Eclipse. The Eclipse architects recognized early in the project that these extensions could not be defined programmatically in client code since the cumulative startup cost would become prohibitive as Eclipse integrated more and more extensions. Instead, these extensions are defined by plug-ins..."

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