Installing Saros and Eclipse

Eclipse runs on the Java Virtual Machine, which makes it cross-platform-friendly, but it isn’t just a tool for Java programmers. We can use Eclipse to write programs in C/C++, Ruby, Python, Erlang, and many other languages. Eclipse is also free, open source, and extensible, and its feature set can be enhanced by loading plug-ins that add new behavior. It’s common to install plug-ins for version-control systems like Git, or static analysis tools like FindBugs and Checkstyle. We’ll install the Saros plug-in, which adds the collaborative editing features described earlier.

To properly test Saros, you’ll need two computers. If possible, run the steps in this chapter on both machines. But if you have only one computer, ...

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