Build commercial-grade extensions to Eclipse and WebSphere Studio Workbench
This is the first definitive, start-to-finish guide to building commercial-quality extensions for both Eclipse and IBM's WebSphere Studio Workbench. Leading Eclipse developers Eric Clayberg and Dan Rubel don't merely introduce the basics: they show how to add the sophistication and "polish" that paying customers demand.
This book presents detailed, practical coverage of every aspect of plug-in development--with specific solutions for the challenges you're most likely to encounter. It contains everything you need to gain mastery and achieve results: cookbook-style code examples, relevant API listings, diagrams, screen shots, and much more.
- Includes a quick introduction to Eclipse for experienced Java programmers
- Serves as a systematic reference for experienced Eclipse users
- Introduces all the tools you need to build Eclipse and WebSphere plug-ins
- Explains the Eclipse architecture and the structure of plug-ins and extension points
- Walks step-by-step through building complete Eclipse plug-ins
- Offers practical guidance on building Eclipse user interfaces with SWT and JFace
- Shows how to use change tracking, perspectives, builders, markers, natures, and more
- Covers internationalization, Help systems, feature planning--even branding
This book is designed for anyone who wants a deep understanding of Eclipse, and every experienced developer interested in extending Eclipse or WebSphere Studio Workbench. Whether you're a tool developer building new commercial products, or a user customizing your environment, you'll find it indispensable.
About the Author
Eric Clayberg is Senior Vice President for Product Development for Instantiations, Inc. Eric is a seasoned software technologist, product developer, entrepreneur, and manager with more than 15 years of commercial software development experience, including seven years of experience with Java and four years with Eclipse. He is the primary author and architect of more than a dozen commercial Java and Smalltalk add-on products, including the popular WindowBuilder Pro, CodePro Studio, and the award-winning VA Assist Enterprise product lines. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT, an MBA from Harvard, and has co-founded two successful software companies.
Dan Rubel is Chief Technology Ofﬁcer for Instantiations, Inc. He is an entrepreneur and an expert in the design and application of OO technologies with more than 15 years of commercial software development experience, including eight years of experience with Java and four years with Eclipse. He is the primary architect and product manager for several successful commercial products, including JFactor, jKit/GO, and jKit/Grid, and has played key design and leadership roles in other commercial products such as Window-Builder Pro, VA Assist, and CodePro Studio. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bucknell and has co-founded a successful company.
Instantiations is an Advanced IBM Business Partner and developer of many commercial add-ons for Eclipse and IBM’s VisualAge and WebSphere product lines. Instantiations is a member of the Eclipse Foundation and a contributor to the Eclipse open source effort with responsibility for the Eclipse Collaboration Tools project known as Koi and joint responsibility for the Eclipse Visual Editor project.