Eclipse in Action
A Guide for Java Developers
David Gallardo, Ed Burnette and Robert McGovern
  • May 2003
  • ISBN 9781930110960
  • 416 pages
  • Hyperlinked Java code
  • Flexible project layout with linking
  • Better ant support
  • Improved watchpoints and breakpoints
  • Stack trace hyperlinks
  • New refactorings
  • Customizable code generation (templates)
  • Better Junit integration
  • Dynamically computed PDE build classpath
  • Plugin export wizard

Eclipse is a new open-source, Java-based, extensible development platform designed for nothing in particular but everything in general. Because of its roots, it is currently most popular as a Java integrated development environment (IDE). Eclipse ships with plugins for writing and debugging Java code. Additional plugins for more advanced Java development, such as JSP/servlets, are available from third parties.

This book provides a thorough guide to using Eclipse features and plugins effectively in the context of real-world Java development. Realistic examples demonstrate how to use Eclipse effectively to build, test and debug applications using the tools provided by Eclipse and other third-party open source plugins. The reader will learn how to use plugin tools for using Eclipse in a team environment, including using Ant for more sophisticated build processes and CVS for source control. Plugin-ins for building web applications, using J2EE technologies, such as JSP/Servlets and EJB, are also discussed.

Complementing this coverage of Eclipse in the context of development is a reference providing a comprehensive guide to Eclipse. Because Eclipse and its plugins provide a remarkable array of features, it is often hard to learn what features are available and how they can be invoked. This reference lays things out clearly: feature-by-feature, menu-by-menu.

What's inside:

  • Getting started with the Eclipse Workbench: Perspectives, views and editors
  • Working effectively with the Eclipse JDT
  • Adding unit tests with JUnit, logging with log4j
  • Team development with Ant and CVS
  • Plugins for J2EE including the Sysdeo Tomcat plugin
  • Developing Eclipse plugins
  • Comprehensive Eclipse reference

About the Technology

Eclipse is a new open-source, Java-based, extensible development platform designed for nothing in particular but everything in general. Because of its roots, it is currently most popular as a Java integrated development environment (IDE). Eclipse ships with plugins for writing and debugging Java code. Additional plugins for more advanced Java development, such as JSP/servlets, are available from third parties.

About the book

This book provides a thorough guide to using Eclipse features and plugins effectively in the context of real-world Java development. Realistic examples demonstrate how to use Eclipse effectively to build, test and debug applications using the tools provided by Eclipse and other third-party open source plugins. The reader will learn how to use plugin tools for using Eclipse in a team environment, including using Ant for more sophisticated build processes and CVS for source control. Plugin-ins for building web applications, using J2EE technologies, such as JSP/Servlets and EJB, are also discussed.

Complementing this coverage of Eclipse in the context of development is a reference providing a comprehensive guide to Eclipse. Because Eclipse and its plugins provide a remarkable array of features, it is often hard to learn what features are available and how they can be invoked. This reference lays things out clearly: feature-by-feature, menu-by-menu.

About the reader

  • Getting started with the Eclipse Workbench: Perspectives, views and editors
  • Working effectively with the Eclipse JDT
  • Adding unit tests with JUnit, logging with log4j
  • Team development with Ant and CVS
  • Plugins for J2EE including the Sysdeo Tomcat plugin
  • Developing Eclipse plugins
  • Comprehensive Eclipse reference

About the authors

David Gallardo is an independent software consultant and author specializing in software internationalization, Java web applications, and database development. He has been a professional software engineer for over fifteen years and has experience with many operating systems, programming languages, and network protocols. He is also the author of "Java Oracle Database Development." He lives in El Paso, Texas.

Ed Burnette is a Principal Systems Developer at SAS, where he has worked on such diverse projects as compilers, debuggers, device drivers, performance tuning, and UNIX ports. He also helped write several commercial computer games. Currently, Ed uses Eclipse in the development of OLAP servers, mid-tier providers, and clients written in a mixture of C, Java, and C#. He lives near Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Robert McGovern is a software developer for an international high voltage power supply company doing embedded development. He has a degree in Artificial Intelligence and is a member of the IEEE and the ACM. His personal interest is in Java & Ruby and he has been involved in computers and programming since the days of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Robert lives in West Sussex, England.


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