Chapter 1. Introducing Eclipse

Stroll around the exhibit floor at the Embedded Systems Conference either in Silicon Valley in April, or Boston in September. You're sure to see any number of large, flashy booths with big flat screen monitors showing off the vendor's integrated software development environment. You'll probably also hear a pitch by a well-groomed marketing type wearing a wireless headset and offering a T-shirt or other giveaway if you'll hang around for the full presentation.

After a while, it begins to dawn on you that all these integrated development environments (IDEs) seem to have a similar look and feel. Coincidence? Not really. Turns out that most of the major embedded software vendors have adopted Eclipse as the foundation ...

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