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The Eclipse Open Source Integrated Development Environment (IDE) (see 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)

Web Tools at EclipseWorld 2006

EclipseWorld was recently held in Cambridge, MA, overlooking the Charles River down the road from MIT. The view of the Boston skyline was spectacular and the fresh river air provided a pleasant contrast to the exciting, but marginally breathable, Manhattan atmosphere of last year's event. Next year the event moves to Reston, Virginia. Mike Milinkovich, the Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation, gave the keynote presentation on "Why Eclipse Matters". The main message was that the Eclipse Foundation had created an ecosystem that enabled competitors to cooperate on Stuff Tha... (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)