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Gavin,
Sun JDK1.4 also includes HotSwap, see: JDKSE 1.4.2 release notes
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Dan,
Well said, and I can hear those hours of debates we had coming back to life. You are on a good point. I think as a team, and especially due to John's efforts the first part excels in making the extreme novice comfortable in getting started and also uncovering very cool features in the Java IDE that are shall we say, "less than obviously" provided via the UI. For the novice, I like that the text comes right out and says, "if you saw this", here is how to correct it. It relieves the reader of that frustration of starting to learn something new.
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Eclipse is also being used at many universities. It is an excellent IDE to use in a Java class or basic software engineering class. The productivity improvements you get with Eclipse allows the instructor to actually cover more Java concepts in a course. In addition, it also makes it easier to see real examples of large Java frameworks. No longer do the instructors have to be restricted to silly little intro examples.
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The fact that we are already going to be translated into Japanese is a very positive sign that we will be translated into other languages. Given the popularity of Eclipse in Germany, it is a possibility, but we don't have any plans to date.
James,
Here is a url for the announcement: http://www.rational.com/announce/v2003/index.jsp?SMSESSION=NO.
The WebSphere Developer Domain (http://www7b.software.ibm.com/wsdd/) has some good technical information, for instance doing a quick search found a Redbook Hints and tips called Round-trip engineering with Rational XDE.
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Steve,
The WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries (WDSc) is built on Eclipse. I know the initial version of it was built on Eclipse version 1.0. I'm not sure if it has been updated yet for version 2.0. So, a book on Eclipse, like the Java Developer's Guide to Eclipse or one of the others on the market (though I'm biased), will certainly help you learn the user interface and learn how to write plugins. The Java Developer's Guide to Eclipse is based on Eclipse v2.0. Though an Eclipse book will not teach the specific iSeries tools, it will help you understand them better because you will understand the foundation.
Sherry Shavor
[ July 15, 2003: Message edited by: Sherry Shavor ]
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.
Sherry Shavor
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