Chapter 6

Eclipse Integrated Development Environment1

You could spend all day customizing the title bar.

Believe me. I speak from experience.

Matt Welsh

IDEs are a great tool for improving productivity. Desktop developers have been using them for years. Perhaps the most common example is Microsoft’s Visual Studio environment. In the past, a number of embedded tool vendors have built their own proprietary IDEs.

In the Open Source world, the IDE of choice is Eclipse, also known as the Eclipse Platform and sometimes just the Platform. The project was started by Object Technology International (OTI), which was subsequently purchased by IBM. In late 2001, IBM and several partners formed an association to promote and develop Eclipse as an Open Source ...

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