Eclipse is a code editor, and it is designed for experienced coders. Eclipse lacks the design tools that many users love in Dreamweaver, but by concentrating on just what hard-core coders need, it does a better job of addressing this group’s unique requirements.
These are the main benefits of using Eclipse:
Cost—Eclipse is open source and is free to download
Single editor environment for development in numerous languages: Java, Flex, SQL, Regular Expressions, and more
Code awareness and source code coloring
Powerful version control integration
Lots of third-party add-ons
For a ColdFusion developer, reasons to use Eclipse include all of the preceding plus these:
Sophisticated ColdFusion application-creation ...