What is Eclipse?

Eclipse is an integrated development environment (IDE) for Java programming language and other software development languages such as C, C++, Python, Javascript, etc. The development environment that is provided by Eclipse includes the Eclipse Java Development Tools (JDT) for Java, Eclipse CDT for C/C++, and Eclipse PDT for PHP development, among many others.

The Eclipse development platform which produces the base support for the Eclipse IDE is made up of plug-ins and is designed to be modular and extensible by making use of various additional plug-ins. Eclipse platform which was developed using the Java programming language can be used to create rich client applications, integrated software development environments, and other tools. Eclipse can be used as a development tool for any programming language for which a plug-in is already available.

The Java Development Tools (JDT) project presents developers with a plug-in that allows Eclipse to be used as a Java IDE, PyDev is an Eclipse plugin that allows Eclipse to be used as an IDE for Python projects, C/C++ Development Tools (CDT) is an Eclipse plug-in that lets Eclipse to be used for developing C/C++ applications and software.

The initial codebase of Eclipse started from IBM VisualAge. The Eclipse software development kit (SDK), which comes with various Java development tools, is meant for Java developers. Users can also increase their abilities by installing the various plug-ins that are written for the Eclipse Platform, such as development toolkits for other programming languages, and can develop and contribute their own plug-in modules.

The Eclipse SDK (software development kit ) is a free and open-source software application that is released under the terms of the Eclipse Public License, although it is not compatible with the GNU General Public License. It was one of the first Integrated Development Environment to run under the GNU Classpath and it runs without problems under IcedTea.

Features Of Eclipse

1. Software Updates: Eclipse provides an update site, where you can go and get the latest version of a framework or plug-in, this feature makes the developer's life really easy. No more need to worry about dependencies, or unzipping a plug-in download to the plugins folder. Everything is completely handled for you through a simple dialog.

2. Enterprise Java Tooling: Eclipse has some of the best tooling available for JEE projects. The amount of functionality available in Eclipse is outstanding from basic wizards for the creation of Web Services, excellent JSF and JPA tooling, up to  XML editing.

3. Model-Driven Development: The Eclipse Modelling Project presents you with a nice set of modeling tools for those using EMF and other related modeling technologies. The Ecore Tools that are available to work with EMF models allows you to create and modify your e core over a standard tree or using the visual Ecore diagram editor

Benefits Of Eclipse

1. Using the Eclipse IDE will cost you less time and effort.

2. Navigating files with eclipse IDE is made very easy.

3. Auto-completion in Eclipse is one of the best features, you don’t have to remember all the syntax of your language.

4. Refactoring

5. Error debugging is easy, you can easily navigate to the Error line.

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