for the May 18th meeting
The following is a list of concepts/techniques that are good to know before starting to develop with the Eclipse platform. They aren't presented in much detail because the Eclipse documentation covers these subjects in more depth. The list is more or less a reminder of concepts to be taught to a developer new to Eclipse by someone already familiar with the platform.
What is Eclipse?
A open source framework that allows developers to build great tools (plugins) at low cost.
A single application needs to be installed on the client computer. Offers a uniform user experience.
Portable: Most of the code is Java, with a thin layer of native controls allowing for the development of an application that looks and feels like a native app. *(Research SWT)
An IDE for Java. As a proof of concept of the power of their framework, the Java Development Tools (JDT) were built.
Number one rule: Don't just read the documentation when something doesn't work. Read up as much as you can; your efficiency will be greatly improved.