Chapter 13. The Integrated Development Environment

The best craftsmen insist on the best tools. Craftsmen know producing quality work requires having the right tools and the expertise to use them effectively.

The software engineer has the same needs as the craftsman, and the right tools, coupled with the knowledge and skill necessary to use them, are essential ingredients for the rapid development of quality software. This chapter focuses on the importance of integrated development tools and covers the features a tool should offer to assist the software engineer in the task of developing J2EE solutions. It introduces the Eclipse platform as an example of an integrated development environment (IDE) and discusses the features a tool should provide ...

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