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ONLamp: I've Been Eclipsed!

Jun 18, 2004, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Elliott)

"I recently started using Eclipse as my development environment. People already familiar with Eclipse are now spluttering 'Recently?! What took you so long?' while the rest of you wonder what the fuss is. Let me try to explain for both groups. Eclipse is an incredibly powerful (and, even more incredibly, free) open-source IDE, with a plug-in architecture that supports deep and rich extension and customization. It ships with the 'Java Development Tooling,' an add-on that teaches Eclipse how to support the development, testing and maintenance of Java programs. The JDT works so very well that I can no longer imagine developing Java code without it. Although most people probably think of Eclipse as a Java editing environment, the JDT is only one possible tool for the platform, and people are working on others. (I'm particularly interested in the Eclipse Web Tools proposal, which ought to add JDT-style psychic support for editing JavaServer Pages and other artifacts of J2EE web applications)..."

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