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How to Use Objects: Code and Concepts by Holger Gast

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Appendix A. Working with Eclipse Plugins

Eclipse is not just a great IDE. It does more than simply support many languages and tools. It is also extensible by nifty add-ons created for special purposes. Beyond all of this, it is also a strong basis for building stand-alone applications for end-users. It offers a vibrant community and a rich ecosystem of reusable off-the-shelf components, both open source and commercial. The technical basis for all of this is Eclipse’s powerful plugin mechanism. It enables the assembly of largely independent components into consistent overall applications.

This appendix introduces the mechanism and the tools of the plugin development environment (PDE). The goal is to enable you to work with the book’s sample code ...

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