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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)

Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP) 1.0 Available for Download!

Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP) 1.0 Available for Download! The bits for WTP 1.0 were baked last Friday and are cooling off now in preparation for their "official" release on 2005-12-23. However, if you have a pair of oven mitts handy, feel free to download it now and munch this tasty snack over your Holiday break. Unless we discover some late-breaking show-stopper, the bits you'll get are actually RC5 which, as the name suggests, was our fitth attempt to produce a result that was worthy of vendor adoption. During the weeks leading up to RC5 we received a steady stream of bug re... (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)