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Java Developer's Guide To Eclipse by Sherry Shavor et al

 
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<pre>Author/s : Sherry Shavor, Jim D'Anjou,
Dan Kehn, Scott Fairbrother, John Kellerman, Pat McCarthy
Publisher : Addison Wesley Professional
Category : Miscellaneous Java
Review by : Thomas Paul
Rating : 8 horseshoes
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The authors of this book are part of a core IBM group formed to share knowledge of the Eclipse universal IDE. The first part of this book deals with using Eclipse from a Java developers point of view. I found this was not any more helpful than the documentation available on the Eclipse web site. Eclipse works extensively with plugins that can be integrated into the Eclipse environment to provide new functionality. I would have liked to see something on some of the more popular plugins such as those used to run application servers. Even a list of where to go to get plugins would have been helpful. Unfortunately, this part of the book only covers the basics of what comes with Eclipse and does not discuss any existing plugins.
The second part of the book, about 450 pages, covers writing your own plugins. This part of the book is excellent. It covers not just the basics, but virtually everything you need to know to write plugins. Whether you wish to code a new toolbar, editor, specialized view, or wizard, it is all covered in this section. With this book you will be writing plugins in a fraction of the time you would have otherwise spent. The book also contains exercises which allow you to test your new knowledge.
If your only goal is to use Eclipse then you don't need this book. If your desire is to write plugins then I wouldn't even try without it.


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<pre>Author/s : Jim D'Anjou, Scott Fairbrother, Dan Kehn, John Kellerman, Pat McCarthy
Publisher : Addison-Wesley Professional
Category : Miscellaneous Java
Review by : Thomas Paul
Rating : 9 horseshoes
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The first edition of this book was excellent for plug-in developers and helpful, although not vital, to all others. Two things make this new edition even better than the first edition. First, plug-in
development in Eclipse is now easy and so well explained in this book that there is no reason not to try it. Have you ever worked with an IDE and thought, "why isn't this function available in the pop-up menu" or "why doesn't it have this feature"? Developing a plug-in will allow you to customize Eclipse to provide the missing feature and this book will clearly explain exactly how to do that. Second, the section of the book that deals with developing with Eclipse has been improved with detailed chapters on team development including using CVS as well as an excellent example of integrating with Tomcat to develop an E-Commerce application.

The book is divided into two sections. The first 200 pages deal with using Eclipse and cover everything from the basics to complex team development issues. The next 600 pages cover everything you need to know about extending Eclipse. The book ends with 200 pages of exercises that give detailed, step-by-step examples. Five exercises deal with using Eclipse while the rest show examples of extending Eclipse. It is a big book that covers a lot of material but it covers it clearly and with plenty of examples. If you buy one Eclipse book, this should be it.


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It is a big book that covers a lot of material but it covers it clearly and with plenty of examples. If you buy one Eclipse book, this should be it.


Thanks Sheriff for taking the time to read both editions and your kind words!

FYI, we've recently created The Java Developer's Guide to Eclipse preview website. It describes all the chapters and examples on the CD-ROM so potential readers will have a firm idea of what's inside. Finally, we're monitoring jdg2e@yahoogroups.com for questions about the book or corrections for the errata.
 
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