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Beginning Android by Wei-Meng Lee

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GETTING AROUND IN ECLIPSE

Eclipse is a highly extensible multi-language software development environment that supports application development of all sorts. Using Eclipse, you could write and test your applications using a wide variety of languages, such as Java, C, C++, PHP, Ruby, and so on. Because of its extensibility, new users of Eclipse often feel inundated with the IDE. Hence, the following sections aim to make you more at home with Eclipse when you develop your Android applications.

Workspaces

Eclipse adopts the concept of a workspace. A workspace is a folder that you have chosen to store all your projects.

When you first start Eclipse, you are prompted to select a workspace (see Figure A-1).

When Eclipse has finished launching the projects located in your workspace, it will display several panes in the IDE (see Figure A-2).

The following sections highlight some of the more important panes that you need to know about when developing Android applications.

Package Explorer

The Package Explorer, shown in Figure A-3, lists all the projects currently in your workspace. To edit a particular item in your project, you can double-click on it and the file will be displayed in the respective editor.

You can also right-click on each item displayed ...

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