Hello. I'm quite excited to see so much discussion already out here on our book, The Java Developer's Guide to Eclipse. I see some of you are trying to decide what Eclipse book will be right for you. Of course, it is the free one that will be won by some lucky rancher. But just in case, you don't win one, I thought I'd share some philosophy from the author point of view on what led to the book and its style. When Eclipse first started, (way before beta 1), a few of us started building education material to get the IBM development group (and later customers) going on Eclipse. Each time we taught a group of folks we incorporated the questions we heard, the mistakes people made or what they found tricky to learn into our material to make it easier for the next class to grasp. After lots of sweat, but before we knew it, we had hundreds of pages of material based on teaching hundreds of programmers at all skill levels. What we found worked best is to describe the concepts with lots of chunks of code samples. Then, be quiet and let the students have some hands on practice with clear instructions so they get the knowledge quickly without frustration. Then, always leave them with several files of working code to cut and paste to their hearts content back at the office. It is this style that we hope we have brought to you. The chapters parallel our lectures and are loaded with screen captures and code (just ask our production editor), Part 3 of our book contains step by step instructions that should make everyone feel comfortable. In addition, we included all our working samples on the CD with Javadoc to accompany it. So if reading about it, then doing it, then being provided lots of code to reuse seems like it fits your learning style, we hope you consider our book.
[ July 15, 2003: Message edited by: Sherry Shavor ]