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Eclipse 4 Plug-in Development by Example Beginner's Guide by Dr. Alex Blewitt

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Time for action – setting up the Eclipse SDK environment

Eclipse is a Java-based application, which needs Java installed. Eclipse is distributed as a compressed archive and doesn't require an explicit installation step.

  1. To obtain Java, go to http://java.com and follow the instructions to download and install Java. Note that Java comes in two flavors; a 32-bit install and a 64-bit install. If the running OS is a 32-bit, install the 32-bit JDK; alternatively, if the running OS is 64-bit, install the 64-bit JDK.
  2. Running java -version should give output like so:
    java version "1.7.0_09"
    Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_09-b05)
    Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 23.5-b02, mixed mode)
    
  3. Go to http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/ and select ...

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