Official Eclipse 3.0 FAQs (Eclipse Series) ペーパーバック – 2004/6/28
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"I had a question about how to use a new Eclipse 3.0 feature, job scheduling, so I thought I would try out this book. I immediately found the answer with a concise explanation. Cool!"
Official Eclipse 3.0 FAQs is the convenient source for answers to your most crucial questions about writing Eclipse plug-ins. Whether you're creating simple extensions for personal use or commercial Eclipse-based applications, you'll find hundreds of concise solutions here--including many that aren't answered anywhere else.
John Arthorne and Chris Laffra have worked with Eclipse technology since the very beginning; both are active members of the Eclipse development community and frequently answer questions on Eclipse newsgroups and mailing lists. Here, they cover an extraordinary range of topics, from workspace management to documentation, SWT to JFace, JDT to natural language support. Many FAQs include code samples and references to other information, making the book an invaluable desk reference for anyone working with Eclipse.
Just a few of the 350+ questions answered here...
- How do I upgrade Eclipse? Page 29
- What is new in Eclipse 3.0? Page 34
- How can I add my views and actions to an existing perspective? Page 187
- How do I set up a Java project to share in a repository? Page 58
- How do I declare my own extension point? Page 74
- How do I display a Web page in SWT? Page 141
- How do I support multiple natural languages in my plug-in messages? Page 253
- How do I save settings for a dialog or wizard? Page 166
- How do I provide syntax coloring in an editor? Page 269
- How do I hook into global actions, such as Copy and Delete? Page 225
- How do I create a Rich Client application? Page 241
- What is the purpose of activities? Page 229
- How do I create and examine an AST? Page 369
John Arthorne has been a committer on the Eclipse project since its inception, and has worked on Eclipse's underlying technology since 1998. Before joining IBM Ottawa Lab in Ottawa, Canada, he worked for IBM subsidiary Object Technology International, developing Eclipse's precursor, VisualAge Micro Edition Java IDE.
Chris Laffra works with the J9 virtual machine team at IBM Ottawa Lab. He focuses on improving Eclipse's overall performance, and his hobby is visualization of Eclipse's execution to improve its transparency. Chris previously worked for IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and OTI in Amsterdam.
Still, a nice reference for future work. This book is currently toilet-side.
Starting with chapter 4, the book covers many of the questions that plug-in developers will have. The main sections are broken up into a look at the basics of the Rich Client platform including JFace and SWT and specifics on the Eclipse IDE platform. Workbench, editors, perspectives, and views are covered in the general part. The next part goes into more specific details of the Workspace and Resources API and the Java Development Tool API, among other topics. The questions are arranged well so rather than a random collection of questions, each chapter is very readable. Supporting screen shots and source code are provided as needed. The questions selected cover many of the more confusing areas of plug-in development. The answers are well written and easy to follow.
The book includes a CD that can be installed as an Eclipse plug-in so that the answers will always be nearby even when a co-worker borrows your copy of the book. Overall, this book is a valuable aid to have nearby while doing plug-in development.
The book is designed for random access. Each FAQ is titled with a question that the FAQ then answers. So the directory pages should suffice in guiding you to an answer, if it exists, of course. Each FAQ's explanation can be read in isolation of the others. Though one very nice feature is how they cross reference each other where appropriate. The old fashioned equivalent of hyperlinks, remember?
The technical level is moderate. You are required to have the rudiments of Java. It is not the authors' remit to teach this to you. But if you have this background, the book should be intelligible.
Of course, the entire book could be online. But some will prefer this hardcopy.
Time was, you could click your way through an IDE to discover its capabilities. After all, IDEs did little more than collect your source files together with a way to edit the files, build your program, and launch or debug your creation. Eclipse goes way beyond that, however, and you'll not likely tap all its power and capabilities by simply hunting and clicking. To leave Eclipse's abilities dormant would be a real shame, too, because Eclipse will honestly help you code much faster.
Yes, you'll already know some of the things this book teaches. Your set of previously-known items won't match my set, however, and all the items in the book merit inclusion. Unless you already know everything there is to know about Eclipse, you will learn something new--something that elevates your usage of Eclipse.