1. What is Eclipse?
Most people know Eclipse as an integrated development environment (IDE) for Java. Today it is the leading development environment for Java with a marketshare of approx. 65%.
Eclipse is created by an Open Source community and is used in several different areas, e.g. as a development environment for Java or Android applications. Eclipse roots go back to 2001.
The Eclipse project is governed by the Eclip
se Foundation. The Eclipse Foundation is a non-profit, member supported corporation that hosts the Eclipse projects and helps to cultivate both an open source community and an ecosystem of complementary products and services.
The Eclipse IDE can be extended with additional software components. Eclipse calls these software components “plug-ins”. Several Open Source projects and companies have extended the Eclipse IDE.
It is also possible to use Eclipse as a basis for creating general purpose applications (Eclipse RCP).
2. Getting started
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