Introduction

The first version of Eclipse was released in November 2001. Eclipse was announced by IBM as a $40 million donation to the Open Source community. Eclipse is now completely managed by eclipse.org, an independent, nonprofit organization.

The beauty of Eclipse IDE is its plugins architecture. A plug-in in Eclipse is a component that provides a certain type of service within the context of the Eclipse workbench. Each plug-in creates a bit of functionality, and plug-in altogether make a very rich integrated development environment.

Eclipse is not only a Java development environment. Eclipse can be a holder for a bunch of plug-ins that form a Java, C++, PHP, COBOL etc. development environment.

By now you will be probably wondering where you can get a copy of Eclipse for your platform and what you have to do to install it. There are two major steps to get your eclipse IDE running on your system.

  1. The first thing you need to do is make sure you have an appropriate Java runtime available. You can download it from http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads.
  2. Once you have a Java VM. Visit the Eclipse downloads page(http://www.eclipse.org/downloads) and grab the latest release build for your platform. All builds are delivered as .zip files. Unzip the archive into an appropriate directory.

In this blog we will disscuss various importants features of eclipse and its plugins that will make developer’s life easier.