Contributing to Eclipse: Principles, Patterns, and Plug-Ins

 
9780321205759: Contributing to Eclipse: Principles, Patterns, and Plug-Ins

Even long-time Eclipse committers will be surprised by the breadth and depth of this book. A must-read for every new Eclipse extender.--Andre Weinand, Eclipse Committer Contributing to Eclipse offersA quick step-by-step tutorial. Have your first plug-in running in less than an hour.An introduction to test-driven plug-in development. Confidently create higher quality plug-ins.The Rules of Eclipse. Seamlessly integrate your contributions with the rest of Eclipse.A design pattern tour of Eclipse. A cook's tour of Eclipse with patterns.A comprehensive tutorial. See all the techniques necessary to write production-quality contributions.Erich Gamma and Kent Beck introduce you quickly, yet thoroughly, to Eclipse, the emerging environment for software development. Instead of simply walking you through the actions you should take, Contributing to Eclipse, with its many sidebars, essays, and forward pointers, guides you through Eclipse. You will not just do. You will also understand.Whether you need to get up to speed immediately or want to better understand the design rationale behind Eclipse, Contributing to Eclipse is the Eclipse resource for you. 0321205758B10142003

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Review :

Eclipse is an integrated development environment (IDE) for software. It also represents an ideal, incorporating modularity, extensibility, and community. Contributing to Eclipse: Principles, Patterns, and Plug-Ins is therefore significantly more than a book about how to write plug-ins for the Eclipse framework. The book--by software patterns guru Erich Gamma and "extreme programming" exponent Kent Beck--explains how new Eclipse modules should interact with existing software elements, and make themselves further extensible. It also emphasizes the importance of packaging new plug-ins and making them available to others as new Eclipse features. The book's emphasis is on community, and helping the Eclipse project grow and improve.

That said, this book is an excellent how-to guide. Gamma and Beck take the time to carefully detail a couple of model plug-in projects--including the industry-standard Hello World exercise--and take care to explain the highly visual Eclipse development process one step at a time. They don't unleash bushels of source code on the reader, but nonetheless manage to walk the reader through a series of progressively more elaborate extension projects that exercise some of the most exciting parts of the Eclipse framework. As you'd expect from a book involving Gamma, discussion of patterns appears with increasing frequency toward the book's conclusion, enabling the reader to expand on the authors' shared wisdom and understand the Eclipse design better. --David Wall

Topics covered: How to extend the Eclipse development environment--both in the narrow sense of writing code that makes the software do something new, and in the broad sense of participating in the Eclipse community. Specific coverage addresses extension points, markers, perspectives, and help. There's also a guide to the Eclipse architecture, framed as a series of "pattern stories."

About the Author :

Kent Beck consistently challenges software engineering dogma, promoting ideas like patterns, test-driven development, and Extreme Programming. Currently affiliated with Three Rivers Institute and Agitar Software, he is the author of many Addison-Wesley titles.

Dr. Erich Gamma is technical director at the Software Technology Center of Object Technology International in Zurich, Switzerland.

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