The Java Developer's Guide to Eclipse

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Addison-Wesley Professional, 2005 - Computers - 1083 pages
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“Fully updated and revised for Eclipse 3.0, this book is the definitive Eclipse reference—an indispensable guide for tool builders, rich client application developers, and anyone customizing or extending the Eclipse environment.”

Dave Thomson, Eclipse Project Program Director, IBM The Ultimate Guide to Eclipse 3.0 for the Java Developer. No Eclipse Experience Required!

Eclipse is a world-class Java integrated development environment (IDE) and an open source project and community. Written by members of the IBM Eclipse Jumpstart team, The Java™ Developer’s Guide to Eclipse, Second Edition, is the definitive Eclipse companion. As in the best-selling first edition, the authors draw on their considerable experience teaching Eclipse and mentoring developers to provide guidance on how to customize Eclipse for increased productivity and efficiency.

In this greatly expanded edition, readers will find

  • A total update, including the first edition’s hallmark, proven exercises—all revised to reflect Eclipse 3.0 changes to the APIs, plug-ins, UI, widgets, and more
  • A special focus on rich client support with a new chapter and two exercises
  • A comprehensive exercise on using Eclipse to develop a Web commerce application using Apache’s Tomcat
  • A new chapter on JFace viewers and added coverage of views
  • A new chapter on internationalization and accessibility
  • New chapters on performance tuning and Swing interoperability

Using this book, those new to Eclipse will become proficient with it, while advanced developers will learn how to extend Eclipse and build their own Eclipse-based tools. The accompanying CD-ROM contains Eclipse 3.0, as well as exercise solutions and many code examples.

Whether you want to use Eclipse and Eclipse-based offerings as your integrated development environment or customize Eclipse further, this must-have book will quickly bring you up to speed.



 

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Contents

Read Me First
1
Using Eclipse
13
Getting Started with Eclipse
15
Using Java Development Tools
67
Running and Debugging Java
117
Teaming Up with Eclipse
141
Managing Your Eclipse Environment
173
Fundamentals of Extending Eclipse
197
Workspace Resource Programming
563
Managing Resources with Natures and Builders
605
Resource Tagging Using Markers
621
Building a Custom Text Editor with JFace Text
635
Extending the Java Development Tools
651
Extensibility Special Topics
687
Serviceability
689
Implementing Responsiveness and Concurrency Using Jobs
701

Extending Eclipse for Fun and Profit
199
Overview of the Eclipse Architecture
219
Getting Started Plugin Development
237
Creating Applications Using the Rich Client Platform
263
Creating Extension Points How Others Can Extend Your Plugins
287
Advanced Plugin Development
305
Defining Features and Products
313
Extending the Eclipse Workbench
335
The Standard Widget Toolkit A Lean Mean Widget Machine
337
JFace Viewers
367
Dialogs and Wizards
401
Dialog Settings Preferences and User Settings
441
Views
455
Editors
483
Perspectives
503
Action Contributions The Integration Fast Track
509
Providing Help
547
Extending the Eclipse IDE
561
Using Capabilities to Manage Too Much of a Good Thing
729
Internationalization and Accessibility
747
Performance Tuning
757
Swing Interoperability
785
OLE and ActiveX Interoperability
801
Exercises
819
Using Eclipse
821
Using Java Development Tools
849
Running and Debugging Java
873
Developing a Simple Web Commerce Application with Eclipse
899
Working as a Team with CVS
923
Developing Your First Plugin
953
Developing Your First Rich Client Application
979
Developing a Rich Client Application with Dynamically Added Plugins
1005
Deploying Your Product Using Features
1021
Index
1041
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Jim D’Anjou is a senior software engineer and a certified IT Specialist located at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab in San Jose, California. He has a degree in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley. Jim has more than twenty-five years of industry experience at IBM and elsewhere. He has held a variety of technical and management positions developing products for relational databases, database tools, application repositories, and application development tools. He holds two U.S. patents for work in software process automation. In March 2001, he joined the Eclipse Jumpstart team and serves as an instructor and industry consultant.

Scott Fairbrother is an advisory software engineer at IBM in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Scott is a software developer with more than twenty years of experience. He has developed object-oriented application frameworks for business process management. He has written specifications for IBM middleware on Windows 2000 and has also written about Microsoft Visual Studio .NET. Most recently, Scott has worked on the Eclipse Jumpstart team, helping IBM and partners create commercial offerings based on Eclipse. He received a B.S. in marine biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Dan Kehn is a senior software engineer at IBM in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. His interest in object-oriented programming goes back to 1985, long before it enjoyed the acceptance it has today. He has a broad range of software experience, having worked on development tools like VisualAge for Smalltalk, operating system performance and memory analysis, and user interface design. Dan worked as a consultant for object-oriented development projects throughout the United States, as well as for four years in Europe. His recent interests include object-oriented analysis/design, application development tools, and Web programming with the WebSphere Application Server. He is currently concentrating on performance analysis and tuning of IBM Eclipse-based projects.

John Kellerman joined IBM in 1984 with a computer science degree from Purdue University. He has since completed graduate degrees in computer engineering at North Carolina State and business administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has spent the majority of his twenty years at IBM in the development and management of application development tool products, including ISPF/PDF, VisualAge Smalltalk, VisualAge Generator, and Eclipse. John was a founding member of the Eclipse Project, which got under way in late 1999. He is currently IBM Product Manager of Eclipse. His responsibilities include working closely on behalf of IBM with eclipse.org, the Eclipse Foundation, and the member companies to help grow the Eclipse community of contributors and commercial offerings.

Pat McCarthy, a senior software engineer at IBM, is a specialist in the use and management of development technologies on a variety of runtime platforms. Pat’s IBM career has included hands-on development of business application systems in Poughkeepsie, New York, and 12 years of project management for the development of IBM Redbooks and education offerings in San Jose, California. He has spent the last several years in Raleigh, North Carolina, focused on supporting the use of Eclipse technology in IBM application development products. Pat has a B.S. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. from Marist College. He is the coauthor of more than twenty IBM Redbooks.



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