The Barnes & Noble Review
Some folks use Eclipse as a great Java development IDE and leave it at that. But Eclipse is far more: It’s a platform that can be extended in virtually any direction, supporting an extraordinary range of new products. Of course, if you want to build extensions someone will actually pay for, you’d better pay attention to the details. Not just integration: user interfaces, change tracking, feature planning, product build, packaging, help systems, internationalization, maybe even branding. If you want to master everything that’s involved in building commercial-grade Eclipse extensions, Eric Clayberg and Dan Rubel are here to help.
You can start from scratch with this book. The authors carefully introduce the Eclipse development environment, architecture, and the structure of plug-ins and extension points. You’ll walk step-by-step through building your first plug-in: one that you’ll use throughout the book for experimentation. There’s also a detailed introduction to user interface construction with SWT and JFace. But, unlike some books, the advanced stuff's here, too. Clayberg and Rubel make all of it easier with plenty of sample code, diagrams, screen shots, and so forth.
Compatibility certifications simplify life for anyone who wants to market products based on a new platform. There’s no formal Eclipse certification. But there is “Ready for WebSphere Studio,” which promises that your software will integrate with IBM’s Eclipse-based web development tools. This book’s authors wrote the very first commercial add-on for WebSphere Studio Application Developer v4.0. When they discuss certification -- or anything else related to Eclipse, for that matter -- they speak with singular authority. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.
From the Publisher
“I’m often asked, ‘What are the best books about Eclipse?’ Number one on my list, every time, is Eclipse: Building Commercial-Quality Plug-ins. I find it to be the clearest and most relevant book about Eclipse for the real-world software developer. Other Eclipse books focus on the internal Eclipse architecture or on repeating the Eclipse documentation, whereas this book is laser focused on the issues and concepts that matter when you’re trying to build a product.”
— Bjorn Freeman-Benson
Director, Open Source Process, Eclipse Foundation
“As the title suggests, this massive tome is intended as a guide to best practices for writing Eclipse plug-ins. I think in that respect it succeeds handily. Before you even think about distributing a plug-in you’ve written, read this book.”
— Ernest Friedman-Hill
“If you’re looking for just one Eclipse plug-in development book that will be your guide, this is the one. While there are other books available on Eclipse, few dive as deep as
Eclipse: Building Commercial-Quality Plug-ins.”
— Simon Archer
“Eclipse: Building Commercial-Quality Plug-ins was an invaluable training aid for all of our team members. In fact, training our team without the use of this book as a base would have been virtually impossible. It is now required reading for all our developers and helped us deliver a brand-new, very complex product on time and on budget thanks to the great job this book does of explaining the process of building plug-ins for Eclipse.”
— Bruce Gruenbaum
“This is easily one of the most useful books I own. If you are new to developing Eclipse plug-ins, it is a ‘must-have’ that will save you lots of time and effort. You will find lots of good advice in here, especially things that will help add a whole layer of professionalism and completeness to any plug-in. The book is very focused, well-structured, thorough, clearly written, and doesn’t contain a single page of ‘waffly page filler.’ The diagrams explaining the relationships between the different components and manifest sections are excellent and aid in understanding how everything fits together. This book goes well beyond Actions, Views, and Editors, and I think everyone will benefit from the authors’ experience. I certainly have.”
— Tony Saveski
“The authors of this seminal book have decades of proven experience with the most productive and robust software engineering technologies ever developed. Their experiences have now been well applied to the use of Eclipse for more effective Java development. A must-have for any serious software engineering professional!”
— Ed Klimas
“Just wanted to also let you know this is an excellent book! Thanks for putting forth the effort to create a book that is easy to read and technical at the same time!”
— Brooke Hedrick
“The key to developing great plug-ins for Eclipse is understanding where and how to extend the IDE, and that’s what this book gives you. It is a must for serious plug-in developers, especially those building commercial applications. I wouldn’t be without it.”
— Brian Wilkerson