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“I’m often asked, ‘What are the best books about Eclipse?’ Number one on my list, every time, is Eclipse: Building Commercial-Quality Plug-ins. I find it to be the clearest and most relevant book about Eclipse for the real-world software developer. Other Eclipse books focus on the internal Eclipse architecture or on repeating the Eclipse documentation, whereas this book is laser focused on the issues and concepts that matter when you’re trying to build a product.”

— Bjorn Freeman-Benson

Director, Open Source Process, Eclipse Foundation


“As the title suggests, this massive tome is intended as a guide to best practices for writing Eclipse plug-ins. I think in that respect it succeeds handily. Before you even think about distributing a plug-in you’ve written, read this book.”

— Ernest Friedman-Hill



“If you’re looking for just one Eclipse plug-in development book that will be your guide, this is the one. While there are other books available on Eclipse, few dive as deep as

Eclipse: Building Commercial-Quality Plug-ins.”

— Simon Archer


Eclipse: Building Commercial-Quality Plug-ins was an invaluable training aid for all of our team members. In fact, training our team without the use of this book as a base would have been virtually impossible. It is now required reading for all our developers and helped us deliver a brand-new, very complex product on time and on budget thanks to the great job this book does of explaining the process of building plug-ins for Eclipse.”

— Bruce Gruenbaum

“This is easily one of the most useful books I own. If you are new to developing Eclipse plug-ins, it is a ‘must-have’ that will save you lots of time and effort. You will find lots of good advice in here, especially things that will help add a whole layer of professionalism and completeness to any plug-in. The book is very focused, well-structured, thorough, clearly written, and doesn’t contain a single page of ‘waffly page filler.’ The diagrams explaining the relationships between the different components and manifest sections are excellent and aid in understanding how everything fits together. This book goes well beyond Actions, Views, and Editors, and I think everyone will benefit from the authors’ experience. I certainly have.”

— Tony Saveski


“The authors of this seminal book have decades of proven experience with the most productive and robust software engineering technologies ever developed. Their experiences have now been well applied to the use of Eclipse for more effective Java development. A must-have for any serious software engineering professional!”

— Ed Klimas


“Just wanted to also let you know this is an excellent book! Thanks for putting forth the effort to create a book that is easy to read and technical at the same time!”

— Brooke Hedrick


“The key to developing great plug-ins for Eclipse is understanding where and how to extend the IDE, and that’s what this book gives you. It is a must for serious plug-in developers, especially those building commercial applications. I wouldn’t be without it.”

— Brian Wilkerson

From the Back Cover

Producing a commercial-quality plug-in means going above and beyond the minimal requirements needed to integrate with Eclipse. It means attending to all those details that contribute to the “fit and polish of a commercial offering. This comprehensive guide covers the entire process of plug-in development, including all the extra steps needed to achieve the highest quality results.

Building on two internationally best-selling previous editions,Eclipse Plug-ins, Third Edition,has been fully revised to reflect the powerful new capabilities of Eclipse 3.4. Leading Eclipse experts Eric Clayberg and Dan Rubel present detailed, practical coverage of every aspect of plug-in development, as well as specific, proven solutions for the challenges developers are most likely to encounter.

All code examples, relevant API listings, diagrams, and screen captures have been thoroughly updated to reflect both the Eclipse 3.4 API and the latest Java syntax. In addition, Clayberg and Rubel have completely revamped their popular Favorites View case study, reworking much of its content and recreating its code from scratch. The authors carefully cover new functionality added to existing Eclipse features, such as views and editors, and fully explain brand-new features such as Commands, GEF, and PDE Build.

This extensively revised edition
  • Thoroughly covers Eclipse's new preferences
  • Illuminates the powerful new Eclipse Command Framework, which replaces Eclipse's older Action Framework
  • Presents extensive new discussions of using commands with views and editors
  • Introduces Mylyn, the new task-focused interface that reduces information overload and simplifies multi-tasking
  • Contains an all-new chapter on using the Graphical Editing Framework (GEF) to build dynamic, interactive graphical user interface elements
  • Walks you step by step through the entire PDE Build process
  • Shows how to create update sites with p2, which replaces Eclipse's old Update Manager
This book is designed for every experienced developer interested in extending the Eclipse platform, the Rational Software Development Platform, or any other platform that supports Eclipse plug-ins.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 3 edition (December 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321553462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321553461
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By skykam on October 21, 2010
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The book contains a lot of useful information and may be a good reference, but is a very difficult read for someone trying to learn plugin development. The main problem I have with the writing is that you get lost in the forward references. Rather than build up information as they go along, the authors suddenly discuss something that you've not encountered yet and then reference a section somewhere ahead in the book where they cover that topic. If it were once or twice that would be forgivable, but it's pervasive. It's like parts of the book were written backwards and turns reading the book into a constant random access page-flipping exercise.

I think this book could be excellent were it to be re-organized to eliminate the need for these forward references by building up the examples along the way while introducing the tools and techniques user/required as part of the process then leaving more complete and/or complex issues in the back in a technical reference section.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric Jain on November 11, 2009
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Despite its huge size, this book isn't able to cover all of the Eclipse API in detail. For example, there isn't proper coverage of form editors and undo support.

There is an entire chapter devoted to GEF, but, like RCP, that seems like it needs to be a book of it's own in order to be useful. Btw I hope the RCP book in this series gets updated soon!

No complaints about the quality of the writing. Unlike many technical books this size, the writing doesn't degrade into lists and tables copied from the API documentation.

Didn't find any mistakes, but the book is bound to get outdated fast: The 3rd edition was written for Eclipse 3.4; the current version is now 3.5, and milestone builds are available for 3.6...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter W Smith on September 14, 2012
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This is an excellent book on the topic of Eclipse plugins. I've been using Eclipse for many years, but only recently have I started to write plugins. I must admit that I started (and re-started) reading this book several times, and only got a full appreciation of the content when I started writing my own plugin. I can imagine that somebody who just "reads" the content (as I did initially) might be quite confused by all the new concepts and terminology.

Now that I understand the major concepts in Eclipse, I find it very easy to understand this book, and to find associated information. The index is high quality, making it a great reference book for figuring out exactly which classes/methods you need to use to access the various Eclipse features.

My suggestion - type in and execute all the examples, and you'll quickly become an Eclipse expert!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bing Cheng on February 15, 2014
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This is a useless book. The worst thing is that the authors changed the book's name in their version updating. So I mistakenly bought two same books.

In the book, the book discussed many things that are not helpful after I go through.

To future readers, please don't buy this book like me and waste your money!
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