A new edition of this title is available, ISBN-10: 0321553462 ISBN-13: 9780321553461
"I'm often asked, 'What are the best books
about Eclipse?' Number one on my list, every time, is Eclipse:
Building Commercial-Quality Plug-ins. I find it to be the
clearest and most relevant book about Eclipse for the real-world
software developer. Other Eclipse books focus on the internal
Eclipse architecture or on repeating the Eclipse documentation,
whereas this book is laser focused on the issues and concepts that
matter when you're trying to build a product."
-- Bjorn Freeman-Benson
Director, Open Source Process, Eclipse Foundation
"As the title suggests, this massive tome is
intended as a guide to best practices for writing Eclipse plug-ins.
I think in that respect it succeeds handily. Before you even think
about distributing a plug-in you've written, read this book."
-- Ernest Friedman-Hill
"Eclipse: Building Commercial-Quality
Plug-ins was an invaluable training aid for all of our team
members. In fact, training our team without the use of this book as
a base would have been virtually impossible. It is now required
reading for all our developers and helped us deliver a brand-new,
very complex product on time and on budget thanks to the great job
this book does of explaining the process of building plug-ins for
-- Bruce Gruenbaum
"This is easily one of the most useful books
I own. If you are new to developing Eclipse plug-ins, it is a
'must-have' that will save you lots of time and effort. You will
find lots of good advice in here, especially things that will help
add a whole layer of professionalism and completeness to any
plug-in. The book is very focused, well-structured, thorough,
clearly written, and doesn't contain a single page of 'waffly page
filler.' The diagrams explaining the relationships between the
different components and manifest sections are excellent and aid in
understanding how everything fits together. This book goes well
beyond Actions, Views, and Editors, and I think everyone will
benefit from the authors' experience. I certainly have."
-- Tony Saveski
"The authors of this seminal book have
decades of proven experience with the most productive and robust
software engineering technologies ever developed. Their experiences
have now been well applied to the use of Eclipse for more effective
Java development. A must-have for any serious software engineering
-- Ed Klimas
"Just wanted to also let you know this is an
excellent book! Thanks for putting forth the effort to create a
book that is easy to read and technical at the same time!"
-- Brooke Hedrick
"The key to developing great plug-ins for
Eclipse is understanding where and how to extend the IDE, and
that's what this book gives you. It is a must for serious plug-in
developers, especially those building commercial applications. I
wouldn't be without it."
-- Brian Wilkerson
"If you're looking for just one Eclipse
plug-in development book that will be your guide, this is the one.
While there are other books available on Eclipse, few dive as deep
as Eclipse: Building Commercial-Quality Plug-ins."
-- Simon Archer
Eclipse has established itself as a dominant force in the application-development space. Key to the success of Eclipse is the ability of developers to extend its functionality using plug-ins.
This new edition of Eclipse: Building Commercial-Quality Plug-ins is the definitive, start-to-finish guide to building commercial-quality Eclipse plug-ins, with an emphasis on adding the sophistication and polish that paying customers demand. The book provides both a quick introduction to using Eclipse for new users and a reference for experienced Eclipse users wishing to expand their knowledge and improve the quality of their Eclipse-based products.
Revised to take advantage of pure Eclipse 3.1 and 3.2 APIs, this widely praised bestseller presents detailed, practical coverage of every aspect of plug-in development and specific solutions for the challenges developers are most likely to encounter. All code examples, relevant API listings, diagrams, and screen captures have been updated.
Some Eclipse concepts--such as actions, views, and editors--have not changed radically, but now have additional functionality and capabilities. Other areas, such as the Eclipse plug-in infrastructure, have changed drastically due to the Eclipse shift towards an OSGi-based infrastructure. This edition is fully updated to address these new advances for Eclipse developers.
Includes a quick introduction to Eclipse for experienced Java programmers
Serves as a systematic reference for experienced Eclipse users
Introduces all the tools you need to build Eclipse and Rational plug-ins
Explains the Eclipse architecture and the structure of plug-ins and extension points
Offers practical guidance on building Eclipse user interfaces with SWT and JFace
Shows how to use change tracking, perspectives, builders, markers, natures, and more
Covers internationalization, help systems, features, and branding
This book is designed for anyone who wants a deep understanding of Eclipse, and every experienced developer interested in extending Eclipse or the Rational Software Development Platform.