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Java™ for COBOL Programmers, Third Edition by John C. Byrne

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17 Introducing Eclipse

Eclipse is a modern, extensible, open source Integrated Development Environment (IDE). This means it is the latest technology for developers, can be customized by and for developers, and best of all, it is free for you to use. Some surveys (for example, at www.sdtimes.com/content/article.aspx?ArticleID=30020) suggest that more than 60 percent of Java developers use Eclipse as their primary development tool.

Eclipse comes with many important and powerful features, features that you would expect in a modern IDE. These include a file and project manager, a syntax sensitive editor, support for code refactoring, ...

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