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Eclipse [Kindle Edition]

Steve Holzner
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Book Description

Java programmers know how finicky Java can be to work with. An omitted semi-colon or the slightest typo will cause the Java command-line compiler to spew pages of annoying error messages across your screen. And it doesn't fix them--that's up to you: fix them, compile again, and hope that nothing goes wrong this time.Eclipse, the popular Java integrated development environment (IDE) provides an elegant and powerful remedy for this common, frustrating scenario. It doesn't just catch your errors before you compile, it also suggests solutions. All you need to do is point and click. And it's free--what could be better? Still, if you're like most programmers, mastering a new technology--no matter how productive it will make you in the long run--is going to take a chunk out of your productivity now. You want to get up to speed quickly without sacrificing efficiency.O'Reilly's new guide to the technology, Eclipse, provides exactly what you're looking for: a fast-track approach to mastery of Eclipse. This insightful, hands-on book delivers clear and concise coverage, with no fluff, that gets down to business immediately. The book is tightly focused, covering all aspects of Eclipse: the menus, preferences, views, perspectives, editors, team and debugging techniques, and how they're used every day by thousands of developers. Development of practical skills is emphasized with dozens of examples presented throughout the book.From cover-to-cover, the book is pure Eclipse, covering hundreds of techniques beginning with the most basic Java development through creating your own plug-in editors for the Eclipse environment. Some of the topics you'll learn about include:

  • Using Eclipse to develop Java code
  • Testing and debugging
  • Working in teams using CVS
  • Building Eclipse projects using Ant
  • The Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT)
  • Web development
  • Developing Struts applications with Eclipse
From basics to advanced topics, Eclipse takes you through the fundamentals of Eclipse and more. You may be an Eclipse novice when you pick up the book, but you'll be a pro by the time you've finished.

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4274 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (April 22, 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR3DK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,769 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great start, bad finish July 28, 2004
If only this book had stayed on course. Chapters one through three are a great introduction to installing Eclipse and using it to work with Java applications. It then takes a turn away from Eclipse by covering CVS in chapter four, and then continues into a basic Java development book in all of the chapters that follow. If I wanted a book on how to develop Struts I would buy Programming Jakarta Struts. I don't need chapter ten to give me a cursory glimpse into Struts programming. Only the first hundred pages are really about Eclipse. Which is a shame because there is so much to say about the Eclipse platform. I can't recommend this book.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not razor-sharp, but still recommended... October 2, 2004
In preparation for a webcast I'm giving this month, I'm working through the book Eclipse by Steve Holzner (O'Reilly). While not perfect, it's a good tool for learning about the package.

Chapter list: Essential Eclipse; Java Development; Testing and Debugging; Working in Teams; Building Eclipse Projects Using Ant; GUI Programming: From Applets to Swing; SWT: Buttons, Text, Labels, Lists, Layouts, and Events; SWT: Menus, Toolbars, Sliders, Trees, and Dialogs; Web Development; Developing Struts Applications with Eclipse; Developing a Plug-in: The Plug-in Development Environment, Manifests, and Extension Points; Developing a Plug-in: Creating Editors and Views; Eclipse 3.0; Index

For the person new to Eclipse, this will do a decent job in getting you started. Up through the Using Ant chapter, the focus is primarily on Eclipse. The examples deal with the package, and that seems to be the primary focus. After that, the style seems to change a bit. The GUI development chapters seem to focus a lot on GUI programming, and then after that's finished, they show you how to do it in Eclipse. Mind you, it's good information, but the focus has shifted. The plug-in chapter gets back to Eclipse as the primary focus again. While there are entire books dedicated to plug-in development, this chapter will get you comfortable with the idea and concepts.

So is the book perfect? No. I feel that the material could have been a bit more consistent as to what the foremost goal was... learning the Eclipse platform. But having said that, it still accomplishes the goal of teaching you how Eclipse works in different scenarios. I'd definitely recommend this as an initial Eclipse text for someone.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good, but getting dated September 15, 2005
By Larry
Online documentation has its place, but I like books better for learning. I found Eclipse's online doc especially lacking when it comes to *learning* about this complex product. Sure there's a ton of stuff, but most of it just seems to describe the ten's of thousands of options that the tool provides. (Personal Rant: Do we really need all of these options? Can't anyone see that just because you can do something doesn't mean you always should? Can't anyone see that a lot of these options just get in the way of using the product?)

There, I feel better now. So when it came time to learn about Eclipse I reached for a book. I can recommend this book because it is good but I can't recommend it because it is getting dated. And that's just the nature of the beast when you write a book about a product as opposed to a technology. (The latter also gets out of date, but not as quickly. Maybe it's because there are less screen shots of actual components.)

For the most part the screen shots of the dialogs and menus are still useful, i.e. even though the product's UI has changed you can still easily go from the book to the component you are looking at on the screen. But... well, here are the versions of various products covered in the book versus the versions of these products today:

Eclipse 2.1.1 vs. 3.1

Ant 1.5.3 vs. 1.6.5

Tomcat 4.1.29 vs. 5.5

Struts 1.1 vs. 1.2.7

Another thing I did not like: they used "poor programming practices" in their chapters on JSPs and servlets. For example, in JSPs they used scriptlets and in servlets they output a bunch of HTML. I don't like it when a book does stuff "we're not supposed to do anymore."
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Eclipse November 14, 2006
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I bought this book and have been making my way through it to teach myself about Eclipse. I did fine for the first five chapters, but after that the trail grows cold because the book is based on Eclipse prior to the 3.0 and later releases. I began having lots of problems because the instructions and screen shots no longer came close to matching what is actually in Eclipse 3.0. So I gave up after chapter five.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
If you use Eclipse or any of the expanding list of products based on Eclipse, this book should be on your short list. It is easy to read and follow as the author explains in detail each of the core features which are common across all derivations of Eclipse. The book is geared toward Java developers and will be of limited use to developers who wish to use Eclipse for other languages (which the author essentially admits on page one). It lives up to the claim found in the preface: "It's a programmer-to-programmer book, written to bring you up to speed in Eclipse without wasting time."
If you are new to Eclipse, I would definitely recommend this book. It's a great "bring you up to speed" book. There are a lot of screenshots and code examples to move you through each of the basic features: how to create, debug, test (with JUnit), use source control (with CVS) and build (with Ant).
Depending on how familiar you are with Eclipse (I have been using Eclipse for a couple years), this may not be the book for you. The first hundred pages or so will likely not be anything new - although, I did have an "Oh, yeah - Scrapbook Pages!" moment. If you are interested in using SWT, Tomcat, Struts or Eclipse plug-in development, keep in mind this is more of a "bring you up to speed" than a detailed "how to" description of these topics.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Terrific text. Learning a lot!
Published 26 days ago by Jon W. Christophersen
1.0 out of 5 stars Right from the start the dialog boxes you get don't look like what you...
This book is copyright 2004. Eclipse has changed a lot in 10 years. Right from the start the dialog boxes you get don't look like what you see in the book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by William B. Greer
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book to learn Eclipse
The first 3 chapters were quite good. It might be a good book if it was updated. There have been many changes since Eclipse 3.0 and the screens are different. Read more
Published on August 12, 2009 by Gilbert M. Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclipse/OReilly - book review
Outstanding book, right to the point on installation, configuration, adding plugins and integration of other products like tortoise or CVS.

I highly recommend. Read more
Published on November 30, 2008 by John Najarian
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok book
I agree with most of the other reviews the book is a little disjointed but it does a better job of explaining Eclipse than the confusing on-line documentation. Read more
Published on October 29, 2008 by Todd Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Eclipse, by Steve Holzner
I found this book very helpful in navigating through Eclipse. Be sure to check which version of Eclipse you have; there are differences that can lead to confusion for first time... Read more
Published on August 27, 2008 by William C. Rosky
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting starting point but perhaps needs update
I stumbled onto Eclipse from a very unorthodox path. In my concurrent Java programming unit I continued to have problem in getting students to address all issues of import in their... Read more
Published on August 24, 2008 by Vishv Malhotra
2.0 out of 5 stars Chapters reference obsolete tools
Time has started to diminish the value of this book. Chapters 6, 7, and 8 deal with building GUIs using the V4ALL Eclipse plugin, which is now classified as Obsolete. Read more
Published on January 20, 2008 by R. Feretich
3.0 out of 5 stars Emile T.
This book a a very good start for Eclipse new users in the way that it presents all basic features of Eclipse 3.0. I recommend it to any one.
Published on September 21, 2005 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Eclipse
One of the problems with Open Source software is getting good books describing it. Sure it's possible to get documentation on-line, but sometimes there is no substitute in having... Read more
Published on July 12, 2005 by njbulitka
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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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