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Eclipse IDE Pocket Guide

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ISBN-10: 0596100655
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About the Author

Ed Burnette is editor of the articles section at eclipse.org, and author of the web site's "The Rich Client Platform (RCP) Tutorial" series. Ed also co-authored Eclipse in Action (Manning) and runs the eclipsepowered.org site, where he can often be found hanging out in the Eclipse community forums. He's written everything from multi-user servers to compilers to commercial video games since earning a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from North Carolina State University. He is a Principal Systems Developer at SAS, and lives near Research Triangle Park, NC.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media (August 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596100655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596100650
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I agree with the previous reviewer (Thomas Duff) that this little sucker can be used as get-up-to-speed-quick guide for a complex product. I found the Eclipse on-line help and tutorials to be voluminous, but lacking in... I don't know, "usability" maybe? There's so much of it (like the product's menus and options) that it's difficult to find out how to do the 80% of the normal, everyday stuff that developers do. (You hear the same complaint about Microsoft Word.)

Anyway, if you follow this guide you'll get a quick tour of how to do the "usual stuff", i.e. the 80%. I thought the chapters on "Tips and Tricks" and "Help and Community" were especially useful. I could have done without 30 page Appendix on "Commands".
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The most common comment from the people I showed this book to was "I wish I had it when I started using Eclipse".

While this is a very small book, the contents have been selected to give you a best start with the main features of the Eclipse IDE. The topics are short but concise and include scattered tips for the points of interest.

If you're just starting with this IDE, the Eclipse IDE Pocket Guide will give you a great head start and will continue helping you as a lovely reference to refer back to as the features become familiar. Having all of these critical features pointed out earlier will save you a lot of bother in the future, since you'll be annoyed if you only find out about them much later by accident or experimentation!

Experienced users are less likely to get much from it though. The authors made a decision between content and size, and I feel they chose to stick with a smaller, simpler book than I would have expected. There is a final section on places to go for more information, but it just refers to various community sites.

I wish I had this book when I started using Eclipse.
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Short, sweet, and to the point... Eclipse IDE Pocket Guide by Ed Burnette.

Contents: Introduction; Workbench 101; Java Done Quick; Debugging; Unit Testing with JUnit; Tips and Tricks; Views; Short Takes; Help and Community; Commands; Index

Given that this book is only 117 pages, I really wondered how useful it might be. Maybe a list of things for Eclipse veterans that they could find quickly. Since most O'Reilly pocket guides seem to assume some level of knowledge to begin with, I thought that the target audience for this might be somewhat limited.

Wrong...

I'm actually surprised that this book could be used by someone who has never seen Eclipse, and there's a pretty good chance that they could get up and running with it in short order. That's not to say that a larger, more tutorial-style book wouldn't also be helpful, or that they will get everything they need in this pocket guide. But there are plenty of techno-geeks out there who just want the basic facts presented in quick fashion to get them started, and then they'll take it from there. And this book definitely delivers on that. Granted, I use Eclipse and have read a number of other books on the topic, but I could have used this one my first time out. You could almost think of it as 117 pages of bound documentation for Eclipse that prevents you from having to print out something you downloaded from the Eclipse website. Better yet, it's *readable*!

If you're going to be using Eclipse on a full-time basis in your job or for software development, definitely check into one of the larger books out there to get all the gritty details and minutiae about the software. But if you've just skimmed the surface in the past or you need to get a quick intro to get up to speed, this is definitely a book that will be worth your while...
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When I decided to begin Java development, my only other IDE experience was with Visual Studio. I needed to get up to speed with Eclipse, and did not want to read a 600 - 1000 page book that teaches you every single nook and cranny about the application. This book was exactly what I needed. I wanted a fast read that showed me the "Eclipse way". I even got more than I hoped for in the form of the tips and tricks section and community chapter. The book contains a good intro to JUnit testing, which I did not expect to find in such a small book.

With this book's limited space, it takes the great approach of showing by doing. It has you write several very small programs and then walks you through the features that Eclipse offers to augment that code. While this does not apply to the Tips and Tricks section (there is just too much info to write an individual program for every page), it does give you many links for further reading and investigation.

Overall, I feel like I finished about a 300-page book in only the 2 hours it took me to finish this. I would definitely recommend this for anyone in the position of needing to pick up Eclipse IDE's basic usage very fast.
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I expected a little more from this book than creating a simple java file and compiling it. This book is for someone who is new to IDEs. This is *NOT* for someone trying for a quick reference to migrate from another IDE to Eclipse - which was my purpose.
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The "Eclipse IDE Pocket Guide" gets you off to a fast start and is much better than reading the background notes. But, it's very limited and don't expect to become an expert by absorbing this short work. It fills the "quick and dirty" need to be reasonably effective using Eclipse. So, appreciate it for what it is and pick up a larger reference on Eclipse that you can read at leisure. I did find some useful advice and it certainly steered me in the right direction to using Eclipse more effectively. So many people have developed add-ins for this one editor that a direction for intuitive use is nearly impossible to find on its own.

The best thing to do is really to get a thorough reference and take the time needed to learn this complex editor properly.But, in this hectic world of programming that time isn't often available. So, get a first taste of Eclipse in this book and go back for more when the time is available. I gave it only three stars because it's just far too short for me. I would have been happy to pay twice as much for a more complete introduction.
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