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The Eclipse Open Source Integrated Development Environment (IDE) (see http://eclipse.org) is rapidly gaining popularity among Java developers primarily because of its excellent Java Development Tools (JDT) and its highly extensible plug-in architecture. Extensibility is, in fact, one of the defining characteristics of Eclipse. As the Eclipse home page says, "Eclipse is a kind of universal tool platform - an open extensible IDE for anything and nothing in particular." Although Eclipse is itself a Java application, all tools, including JDT, are on an equal footing in that they extend the Eclipse platform via well-defined extension points. Of course, an infinitely extensible, but empty, platform might be interesting to tool vendors, but very boring for developers. Therefore, the initial version of Eclipse came with the JDT and the Plug-in Development Environment (PDE)... (more)

The Pragmatics Of Java Debugging

Essential to the development of complex systems are tools that help the developer locate, analyze, and fix problems. Debuggers provide support for this by letting a developer inspect the internal state of a program at runtime, as well as suspend and resume execution statement by statement. The originators of the Java programming language defined a debugging architecture, but since its conception Java has advanced into new areas of deployment topologies and optimization technologies that present a further set of problems. This article covers some of the background behind these is... (more)

Arthur Ryman's Eclipse Blog: WSDL 2.0 Implementation Progress - Apache Woden Milestone 3 Declared!

WSDL 2.0 Implementation Progress: Apache Woden Milestone 3 Declared! The Apache Woden project is a reference implementation of the W3C WSDL 2.0 specification which is now a Candidate Recommendation. The project is looking for help so here's a great opportunity for Java developers to contribute to the advancement of a major new Web Services standard. Here's the news annoucement: Congratulations to the Woden team! Woden milestone 3 includes parsing logic for WSDL 2.0 service, import, and include elements into both element and component models and validation of binding elements and co... (more)

Creating XML - Based Web Applications Using IBM VisualAge for Java

Since the mid-'90s we've seen the quality of Web programming paradigms mature at an astonishing rate: from static pages with animation, CGI-based programs, and JDBC connectivity to back-end relational databases and servlets processing requests on application servers. We commonly hear about Web pages being more interactive, likely using HTML forms, JavaScript, or Java applets. Beyond the battle being waged on the first tier, the client, it's important to understand the drive toward scalable, platform-neutral technologies on the middle and back-end tiers. In particular, Java and XML... (more)

Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP) 1.5 Released

Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP) 1.5 Release I'm pleased to announce that WTP 1.5 shipped on schedule on June 30 as part of the Eclipse 3.2 Callisto simultaneous release. WTP is part of this ten project mega-release, a first for the Eclipse Foundation, and a sign of things to come. As the Eclipse family of projects becomes more horizontally integrated it will be crucial to have all the parts developed on a coordinated schedule and released together. Now that the Canada Day/Independence Day long weekend is over, it's time for all Eclipse users to download this new release and explor... (more)