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Eclipse, already remarkable, has become even more so. Version 3.0’s new rich-client framework makes it a powerful platform for building and constructing applications, not just tools. Eclipse now supports Sun’s Swing components along with its own SWT. The user interface is now more intuitive, more scalable. With these and 10,000 other changes, the “insider” authors of 2003’s Java Developer's Guide to Eclipse have thoroughly revamped their book. It, too, is now even more remarkable.
Like the first edition, this is a comprehensive guide to getting started with Eclipse: first, by using it as a Java IDE, and then, by extending it to solve new problems. But virtually every chapter and example has been updated (and there’s now a complete electronic help book for the exercises, which you can install alongside Eclipse’s own help). There are no less than seven new chapters. The book’s already strong exercises have been extended and deepened.
That aforementioned rich-client support is covered in depth, with two detailed exercises -- including one that shows off Eclipse’s new runtime support for dynamic plug-ins. The coverage of extending Eclipse has been, well, extended -- with a new introduction, more coverage of views, and a whole new chapter on JFace viewers. You’ll learn new ways to build more responsive user interfaces (and leverage Swing interoperability); tune Eclipse plug-in performance; even broaden your markets via internationalization.
These IBM authors have been teaching Eclipse since before it was Eclipse (this book grows out of their experiences rolling out Eclipse’s predecessor technology). Bring your Java expertise, and they’ll take you the rest of the way. Bill Camarda, from the December 2004 Read Only