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Eclipse: Step by Step

The open source framework Eclipse was developed as a Jave Integrated Development Environment (IDE). This chapter will show you how to create a simple program in Eclipse on your iSeries.

As a registered member of, you're entitled to a complimentary copy of Chapter 7 from Eclipse: Step by Step written by Joe Pluta and published by MC Press. "A Simple Program" shows you how to create a simple program. You get step-by-step instructions for creating a program that can display data from a database.

Eclipse: Step by Step

Book description:
Eclipse is in your future! Whether you're an OO guru, a Java neophyte or a professional business programmer, there's a good chance that you will be using Eclipse some day soon. IBM spent millions of dollars on Eclipse before releasing it into the open source community, and you can take advantage of all of that development. But how do you get started?

The hardest part in learning a new language or a new tool is the beginning steps. And with open source software, sometimes you don't even know enough to know what questions to ask. If you are new to Java, you may not know a JDK from a JRE from a JAR. And it can take months to learn, because there are few training manuals. Open source doesn't come with a nice binder and a jewel case CD; first you have to know what you need, then you have to search to find all the software, then struggle through less than complete installation documentation and online "FAQs". Even the tutorials make assumptions about your experience.

And that's where Eclipse: Step by Step is different. It brings together all the pieces for you. Think of it as training wheels for Eclipse. The book includes all required software on the handy included CD, as well as detailed installation and configuration instructions. Nothing is taken for granted –- by the end of this book, you will have written a complete, working application, and will know all the basics that will allow you to continue at your own pace. Tutorials will actually teach you things now, and FAQs will answer questions that you can understand.

You will be able to use this book even if your only knowledge of Java is how to spell it. However, that doesn't mean that Java programmers won't benefit! Even experienced developers can make use of this book, since it will cover three areas that are of crucial interest these days: Eclipse, IBM's Software Widget Toolkit (the SWT), and JDBC. If you've wanted to see a working application using any of those technologies, then this book is for you.

Each step has a checklist of tasks to perform, and each task is meticulously documented with screen shots and editorial comments. Nothing is assumed, nothing left to your imagination. There is no magic in programming, except maybe knowing where to start, and that's where this book comes in. Once you've finished it you will understand the subjects well enough to continue learning more on your own.

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