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The Eclipse folks call their baby a “universal tool platform -- an open extensible IDE for anything and nothing in particular.” All well and good, but many folks want to use Eclipse for one reason: to write great Java software. That’s what David Carlson’s Eclipse Distilled is about: nothing more, and nothing less.
Carlson’s been using Eclipse since its early IBM days. This book draws on that experience, plus his conversations with hundreds of working Eclipse developers. He offers realistic, best-practice guidance for organizing any project, large or small. He shows how to make the most of Eclipse’s Java editor to code more efficiently. He even walks through using Eclipse to support agile development. All that in less than 300 pages -- so you can spend more time working in Eclipse than reading about it.
Part I focuses on Eclipse’s core tools for Java development. You’ll install Eclipse, create and configure new projects, manage workspaces, customize your Workbench, master basic debugging. Eclipse offers multiple ways to perform the same task; Carlson tells you what’s working best for him and his many colleagues. In a detailed chapter on rapid development, Carlson covers Eclipse’s navigation shortcuts, Content Assist, code templates, Quick automated error correction, and more.
Eclipse fits agile methodologies especially well. In Part II, Carlson shows how to use Eclipse to support self-adaptive processes, continuous testing, refactoring, continuous integration with Ant, collective ownership utilizing CVS, even coding standards. Where you need to add plug-ins, Carlson tells you where to find them and how to configure them.
Agile or otherwise, Eclipse is becoming a great Java IDE. And this is a great book for anyone who wants to use it that way. Bill Camarda, from the April 2005 Read Only