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Taking the Java world by storm, Eclipse is an open-source platform that can be used to develop cutting-edge programs, components, Web sites, and more. In the first book to explore the greatly extended functionality of Eclipse 3, Berthold Daum shows you how to use this powerful Java IDE to make coding, testing, debugging, and deploying applications much easier.
You'll find tips for authoring code efficiently and organizing development projects correctly. You'll unlock the secrets of the SWT and JFace libraries while learning how to create an MP3 player. And you'll discover how to develop your own products under the Rich Client Platform (RCP).
What you will learn from this book
- All the major features of Eclipse 3
- Techniques for building GUIs with SWT, JFace, and the Eclipse workbench
- Tips on how to speed development time by using Eclipse as an application framework
- How to create custom Eclipse plug-ins following easy steps
- Methods for team software development
- Ways to develop and package your own products for deployment
- How to use the RCP as a generic platform for a wide range of applications
Who this book is for
This book is for Java programmers who want to implement their own professional applications with the help of Eclipse.
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers to a better job.
The book is organised in 3 Parts. In the first part, readers are introduced to the Eclipse Java IDE and shown how projects are laid out and the various facilities to help write Java code. To illustrate this a version of the Java FreeTTS speech synthesis package with lip synchronization is implemented. In Part 2, SWT and JFace (Eclipse's alternative to the Java AWT and Swing) are described and demonstrated in practice in a JavaLayer based MP3 player. In Part 3 the author shows how Eclipse can be used as a tool platform and as an application framework. An Aspell based spell checker that seamlessly integrates into the Eclipse platform, and can be used in all text based Eclipse editors, is given as an example of how powerfully it can work within this environment.
Designed for Java developers to learn Eclipse from scratch. The book contains excellent coverage of JFace and SWT, details of how to reuse the extend existing Eclipse components, a guide on how to import third party cod and real-world examples whose code is available for download.
- Step-by-step guide that introduces novices to using all major features of Eclipse 3
- Eclipse is an open source extensible integrated development environment (IDE) that helps Java programmers build best-of-breed integrated tools covering the whole software lifecycle-from conceptual modeling to deployment
- Eclipse is fast becoming the development platform of choice for the Java community
- Packed with code-rich, real-world examples that show programmers how to speed up the development of applications by reusing and extending existing Eclipse components
- Describes SWT and JFace (Eclipse's alternative to the Java AWT and Swing) and demonstrates them in practice in a JavaLayer based MP3 player
- Shows how Eclipse can be used as a tool platform and application framework
About the Author
has a Ph.D in Mathematics and is a professional Java and XML developer who has been using Eclipse since it was first developed. Mr. Daum specializes in innovative electronic business technology and electronic content production; his clients include SAP Integrated Services AG and Software AG. His experience in software training and ability to anticipate the needs of professional developers has been demonstrated in his previous books, including Eclipse 2 for Java Developers
(Wiley) and Modeling Business Objects with XML Schema
Mr. Daum Studied photography in Melbourne and has both exhibited and published his images of Australia's natural beauty.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction to Eclipse.
Chapter 2. Effective Programming with Eclipse.
Chapter 3. The Art of (Visual) Composition.
Chapter 4. Organizing Your Code.
Chapter 5. Project One: Duke Speaks.
Chapter 6. Project Development.
Chapter 7. Advanced Topics of Project Development.
Chapter 8. The SWT Library.
Chapter 9. JFace.
Chapter 10. Project Two: Jukebox.
Chapter 11. Developing Plug-ins for the Eclipse Platform.
Chapter 12. Developing Your Own Eclipse-Based Products.
Chapter 13. A Spell Checker as an Eclipse Plug-in.
Chapter 14. The Rich Client Platform.
Chapter 15. The Hex Game as a Rich Client Application.
Chapter 16. Conclusions and Outlook.
Appendix A: Useful Plug-ins for Eclipse.
Appendix B: Migrating Projects to a New Eclipse Version.
Appendix C: Important Downloads.
Appendix D: Bibliography.