Programming Java Applications
By Steve Holzner
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: April 2004
Pages: 336

Java programmers know how finicky Java can be to work with. An omitted semi-colon or the slightest typo will cause the Java command-line compiler to spew pages of annoying error messages across your screen. And it doesn't fix them--that's up to you: fix them, compile again, and hope that nothing goes wrong this time.Eclipse, the popular Java integrated development environment (IDE) provides an elegant and powerful remedy for this common, frustrating scenario. It doesn't just catch your errors before you compile, it also suggests solutions. All you need to do is point and click. And it's free--what could be better? Still, if you're like most programmers, mastering a new technology--no matter how productive it will make you in the long run--is going to take a chunk out of your productivity now. You want to get up to speed quickly without sacrificing efficiency.O'Reilly's new guide to the technology, Eclipse, provides exactly what you're looking for: a fast-track approach to mastery of Eclipse. This insightful, hands-on book delivers clear and concise coverage, with no fluff, that gets down to business immediately. The book is tightly focused, covering all aspects of Eclipse: the menus, preferences, views, perspectives, editors, team and debugging techniques, and how they're used every day by thousands of developers. Development of practical skills is emphasized with dozens of examples presented throughout the book.From cover-to-cover, the book is pure Eclipse, covering hundreds of techniques beginning with the most basic Java development through creating your own plug-in editors for the Eclipse environment. Some of the topics you'll learn about include:

  • Using Eclipse to develop Java code
  • Testing and debugging
  • Working in teams using CVS
  • Building Eclipse projects using Ant
  • The Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT)
  • Web development
  • Developing Struts applications with Eclipse
From basics to advanced topics, Eclipse takes you through the fundamentals of Eclipse and more. You may be an Eclipse novice when you pick up the book, but you'll be a pro by the time you've finished.
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need some help finding the code template

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    missing chapter???

    By blair allen stark

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    Comments about oreilly Eclipse:

    the back cover implies that the book covers EJB and data based devlopment. I realize that this is a book about eclipse and not EJB, but I was looking for an overview of using eclise in their development.

    I have scanned the TOC and the index and can't find anything on EJB.

    Am I missing something?

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    From the old world

    By mjmeijer

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    Comments about oreilly Eclipse:

    Excellent past performance from O'Reilly raises the expectations to ever higher levels. Unfortunately this one does not deliver the to promise on its cover. Mine says Coverage of 3.0, but it is all about version 2 with a preview chapter on 3.0.

    Major gripes:

    Contrary to the excellent Tomcat, the definitive guide, this book hasn't heard about Mac OSX.

    No specific instructions covering every major OS.

    No detailed explanations about 'every' way to connect to a CVS server, covering all of pserver, ext and extssh. Setting up to a CVS server with certificates instead of passwords, etc.

    No coverage of installing java code compressors and obfuscators, available as eclipse plugins.

    The v4all plugin mentioned seems to be on a dead end with one developer only.

    No quick tips on setting up Ant to do everything after compile, (I do have that title as well, ;-) )

    I'm halfway through, but doubt the disappointment will go away. This is a first printing, stating as date April 2004. Eclipse 3.0 is available much longer than that...

    But maybe I looked at the banner saying 'coverage of 3.0' and missed that lacked the the more important tag line: 'The Definitive Guide'. This is not the definitive guide, but Steve Holzner and O'Reilly should publish as soon as possible. The platform IDE definitively merits that attention.

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    Eclipse breathes new life into Java

    By Gabe

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    Comments about oreilly Eclipse:

    Just wanted to give some props to Mr. Holzner for his fantastic guide to Eclipse.

    As a student and part-time application developer, I have flip-flopped between C/C++, Ruby, C#, and Java as my language of choice, depending on the particular project's needs.

    Eclipse has made all but Java unnecessary with it's ingenious IDE and powerful application deployment. Thank you, Mr. Holzner, for introducing me to Eclipse.

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