November 27, 2014
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Eclipse Tip: Don't Let Bugs Get Lost Without Trace

The ability to trace your program's execution and log errors may prove invaluable when hunting down an elusive problem. Learn how to use Eclipse logging and tracing facilities to aid in diagnosing application errors.

Eclipse Tip: Making a Good First Impression

The user's initial encounter with a new software product often influences their overall impression of it. Even though Eclipse provides a powerful mechanism to manage initial user experience, few add-in providers take advantage of it. Learn how to contribute your own content to the Eclipse Welcome page.

Eclipse Tip: Customize Your Feature Installation with Install Handlers

When developing an Eclipse RCP-based application, you get to decide how to install it into the end-user's environment.

Eclipse Tip: Use Optional Plug-in Dependencies to Support Diverse Runtime Environments

Look into a sort of "universal middleware" for Java -- a service-oriented, component-based environment that provides software vendors with standardized access to a variety of platforms and runtime environments.

Eclipse Tip: Define Custom Content Types to Identify Your Data Files

With the ever-growing number of desktop applications file extension can get confusing. See how to end that problem.

Eclipse Tip: Create Rich User Interfaces with the HTML Browser Widget

Discover how the SWT Browser widget allows you to embed HTML pages directly into your Eclipse application. Learn how to use it to create visually appealing user interfaces in Eclipse.

Eclipse Tip: Use Extension Tracker to Write Dynamic-Aware Plug-ins

Extensions and Extension Points lie at the core of Eclipse extensibility and customizability. See what they can do for you.

Eclipse Tip: Use the Execution Environment to Create Portable Java Projects

Here are things to consider when working with others on a project.

Eclipse Tip: How to Live on the Cutting Edge

See how to use the latest Eclipse milestone builds to develop applications based on the latest stable release.

Programming the Eclipse Workbench

What makes Eclipse applications most easily recognizable is the Workbench. Explore the Eclipse Workbench parts in detail — specifically the views and editors that make up most Workbench applications.

Eclipse Continues to Blaze Among Development Tools

Which development tool is the best can be a heated topic. See how this turned out.

The (J)Face of Eclipse

SWT and JFace are two Eclipse frameworks that represent the foundation of most user interfaces in Eclipse. Find out what they are and how they can help you rapidly develop interactive Eclipse plug-ins.

Developing Eclipse Plug-ins

In Eclipse, all functionality is encapsulated in plug-ins, which "plug into" one another using well-defined extension points. Its Plug-in Development Environment provides powerful tools and wizards to help you get started developing your own plug-ins. More importantly, PDE will support your development throughout the entire cycle, including distribution and post-production maintenance. Now make your own!

Java Development with Eclipse

Take a brief tour of the Eclipse IDE Workbench and its standard menus and views. Learn about workspaces and the Resource model used by many Eclipse-based tools. While developing a simple Java application, examine some useful JDT features, such as the Content Assistant, Java Refactoring support and Eclipse's Launch framework at work.

Meet Eclipse

If you have never ventured into Eclipse here is your chance.

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