Eclipse is the most widely used Java IDE or Integrated Development Environment with a basic workspace and plugins for customizing the environment as per the requirements. Most part of Eclipse is written in Java and it is mostly used for developing Java applications. Although it can be used to develop applications in other programming languages also with the help of plugins.

Now, it has become mandatory for the developers and testers to learn Eclipse also as it has become the most widely used IDE in the world. This tutorial deals with installing Eclipse.

Installing Eclipse Process

As the first step of installation, you need to install Java. Anyhow, it is not necessary if you have Mac OS X as it is already there by default. For other operating systems, you should install Java (J2SE v 1.4.2_05 SDK) and for that purpose, you should visit the below given website.

http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/download.html

In the web page, you will find the following header, J2SE v 1.4.2_05 SDK includes the JVM technology

Now you should select “Download J2SE SDK”. Here two things are should be taken care of. At first, you should not mistake SDK with JRE. You need SDK. Secondly, if you are using Windows, you need to have admin privileges. Once the downloading is complete, start installation by clicking on the file you have downloaded. It will take a few minutes to complete.

Once the installation of Java is completed, you can start downloading Eclipse. Here is the link for downloading Eclipse.

http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/index.php

There are many mirror sites for this and you can select any one of them depending on the traffic and speed.There are several versions of Eclipse and you should make it sure that you are downloading the right version. You should download the version with “Build Type = “Latest Release” and “Build Name = “3.0”. If you cannot find out the 3.0 version in the website, go to some other mirror website and download the 3.0 version that suites your operating system. Now click on the link and download the version that suites your platform and save the zip file in any of your directories.

Once the downloading is completed, the next stage is installation and unlike may other modern software applications, Eclipse does not has a fancy installation process. Extract the zip file in the directory where you have stored and this will create a file with the name “Eclipse”. The executable file, “eclipse.exe” is located in this file. If you are using Windows, it is better to create a shortcut on the desktop. To create a shortcut, just right click on this file, go to “Send to” and then select “Desktop”.

All the files will be stored in a directory called “Work Space” by Eclipse and usually it will be located in the same directory where you have saved the “Eclipse” file. When you run Eclipse for the first time, it will ask about the location where you would save “Work Space”. You can select a location of your convenience. Some are opting it to be saved in “My Documents”.

After this, you will see the Welcome to Eclipse 3.0 page and this indicates that you can proceed to the next step.

As mentioned earlier, the functionality of Eclipse can be enhanced with the help of several plugins and you should install all these plugins to make use of Eclipse fully.

Downloading Required Plugins

As the first step for installing “Plugins” you should launch Eclipse first. Then go to “Eclipse Marketplace”, select the plugins you require and install them. After installation, you need to restart Eclipse. After restarting the Eclipse, select the menu items. Go to “Windows” -> “Open Perspective” -> “Others”. Now, you will be able to see “Dr. Java” in the list. If it is there, your installation of plugins has completed successfully.

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