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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Eclipse Plugins

Eclipse is a powerful, extensible IDE for building general purpose applications. The Eclipse IDE allows the developer to extend the IDE functionality via so-called plugins. You can add new functionality for example menus, toolbar items, views, editors and perspectives to the Eclipse IDE via these plugins. This tutorial gives several examples how to do this.

Eclipse is build upon the OSGI Frame work(Equinox). The OSGi framework provides a dynamic modular architecture in which so-called bundles can be deployed. Out of historical reasons Eclipse uses the term plugins but Eclipse plugins are the same as OSGi bundles. Via these plugins / bundles you can extend the Eclipse IDE.

This tutorial assumes that you are already familiar with using the Eclipse IDE . You may also want to have a look at the Eclipse RCP Tutorials .


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