Monday, October 30, 2006

Easy Eclipse Distro

For all you eclipse fans, there is a good distro for eclipse available (called Easy Eclipse) aimed at making the installation easier for eclipse. It has a pre-zipped bundle of plugins and all version dependencies are taken care of plus there are separate versions depending on what you need eclipse for (making Swing/SWT apps, server-side programming, mobile application development, etc). In my own experience, knowing what plugins to install to say start/stop tomcat or weblogic server or to support javascript or xslt editing is a manual process and complicated by the issues involved with version dependencies. With Easy Eclipse, the job of identifying the right plugins has already been taken care of and you can start using eclipse in all its glory right after the install.

12/27/06: I used the EasyEclipse Server Java 1.2.1 distro yesterday for setting up my development environment for learning EJB 3.0 with JBOSS 4.0.5 GA. And this distro installs JBoss Eclipse IDE with Eclipse 3.2.1 platform and several other goodies (Subclipse for subversion support, Web tools 1.5 which also brings in J2EE perspective, etc.).

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