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Eclipse Cookbook Paperback – June 28, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0596007102 ISBN-10: 0596007108

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media (June 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596007108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596007102
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Holzner is an award-winning author who has been writing about Java topics since Java first appeared. He's a former PC Magazine contributing editor, and his many books have been translated into 18 languages around the world. His books sold more than 1.5 million copies, and many of his bestsellers have been on Java.Steve graduated from MIT and got his PhD at Cornell; he's been a very popular member of the faculty at both MIT and Cornell, teaching thousands of students over the years and earning an average student evaluation over 4.9 out of 5.0. He also runs his own software company and teaches week-long classes to corporate programmers on Java around the country.


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Steven Holzner is an award-winning author who has written extensively on Ajax and JavaScript. With over 100 titles published, he's sold over a million copies of his books and been translated into 16 languages. As a former faculty member of MIT and Cornell, he teaches corporate seminars around the country.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jack D. Herrington on August 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
Like the other O'Reilly book on Eclipse this book starts great, but then ends up off topic. In this case the first eight chapters cover basic Eclipse use from installation, through creating Java projects, refactorting code, and integrating with ANT. The book then turns sharply into basic Java project implementation, which is better covered in any number of Java books. This goes on from chapters eight through twelve, and only comes back to Eclipse specific in the last two chapters which cover writing plugins.

This is better than the other O'Reilly book, but I would have liked it to have stayed on course and to cover some of the more standard plugins that are being used in the wild. Great beginning, bad ending. I would recommend this as an introduction to Eclipse for anyone unfamiliar with IDEs, but this recommendation comes with the aforementioned reservations.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wuehler on July 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you are looking at using Eclipse for Java development, this book might help. I'd say this would be beneficial to those who are notch above beginner to intermediate Eclipse users. If you are a brand new Eclipse user you might find "Eclipse" by the same author more helpful. There is a bit of overlap between the two books - the author makes references to his "Eclipse" book in several of the Eclipse Cookbook recipes.
If you're already comfortable with Eclipse and are moving into SWT programming, there are a few chapters I found helpful in this area. Plenty of code samples to get started with SWT - which is why I'm keeping the book. I also liked the information on CVS and Ant.
However, I did feel like the book was a little thin on details at time - I think there could have been a bit more than the 175 "recipes" contained in the book. For example, I would have liked to see a section on getting Eclipse loaded and running on different platforms.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth A. Ashin on January 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
The book has some useful information, but does not

go beyond the very basic. In light of this, it is

annoying that so much space is taken up with repeated

samples of the same code, and with more screen shots

than are needed. I've encountered this before in one

of Mr. Holzner's books (XML Complete), and I have to

wonder if this is done to pad the book to a length

that justifies the cost.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alex Lam on December 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
After getting used to the fundamentals of the Java programming language, a versatile integrated development environment like Eclipse would bring developers to next level of productivity, and Eclipse Cookbook is handy for the start. Readers are guided step-by-step with numerous illustrations about its support for tasks from creating packages, classes, methods to refactoring, and debugging. The book demonstrates Eclipse 2.1.2 with the difference of early release of version 3.0 being mentioned. Now when versions 3.0.1 and 3.1M are readily available, you might need to resort to online help for the exact updated steps. You will find the use of application programming interface of platform dependent SWT for building GUI with both AWT and Swing being mixed. However, it gets nothing to do with the drag-and-drop style of building graphical components. Web development is included but too concise. No elaborated features like performance profiling or modeling tool of round-trip development are described. Perhaps it would be more appropriate to introduce to target audience with various commonly referred plug-ins on tasks like integrating with different kinds of version control, validating XML, modeling UML, and J2EE support.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
A recent addition to my Eclipse library has been Eclipse Cookbook by Steve Holzner (O'Reilly). It works well for my level of expertise at the package, but experienced users might find it lacking...

Chapter list: Basic Skills; Using Eclipse; Java Development; Refactoring, Building, and Launching; Testing and Debugging; Using Eclipse in Teams; Eclipse and Ant; SWT: Text, Buttons, Lists and Nonretangular Windows; SWT: Dialogs, Toolbars, Menus, and More; SWT: Coolbars, Tab Folders; Trees, and Browsers; JSP, Servlets, and Eclipse; Creating Plug-ins: Extension Points, Actions, and Menus; Creating Plug-ins: Wizards, Editors, and Views; Index

Like all O'Reilly cookbooks, this follows the standard formula. A problem is presented, a short two or three line solution is given, and then there's a discussion and fuller explanation of the answer. There are plenty of screen shots and coding examples to help you through each of the recipes.

Overall, the book will benefit new and intermediate users. The author covers quite a few of the features of Eclipse that make it so powerful, like refactoring, running the debugger, and other various tasks. You may know that these exist but not know how to use them, or you just may be ignorant of the fact that they even exist. In that sense, it's really good. The SWT portion seems to be more centered on programming with Eclipse as a secondary focus. Maybe because it's because I don't do SWT development, but it just seemed to be a bit out of place. The material also seems to be pretty basic for a cookbook. Usually the recipes are more beyond the basics and get into things that aren't quite as intuitive as they might be.

This will help me get up to speed on Eclipse, and I do like the book. I'm just not sure it's for everyone...
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