Chapter 1. A Java IDE and So Much More!

Looking at Eclipse is similar to looking at a well-cut diamond. What you see depends on the angle of your view and on how deeply you gaze into the interior. To some viewers Eclipse is a Java IDE with the usual features one expects from such an environment: editor, debugger, and project builder with a wide array of preference customizations. To others Eclipse is a generic framework for tool integration providing an extensive, flexible plug-in API. The home page declares that “Eclipse is a kind of universal tool platform—an open extensible IDE for anything and nothing in particular.”

Both perspectives are valid interpretations. As the Eclipse community continues its rapid expansion, other users ...

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