The Eclipse Workbench is an open source platform, designed by IBM and released to the open source community. It is an open, portable, universal tooling platform that provides frameworks, services and tools for building tools.

In essence the workbench provides the tool infrastructure. With this infrastructure in place, the tool builders are able to focus on the actual building of their tools. The workbench has been designed for maximum flexibility to support the development of tools for new technologies that may merge in the future.

Industry leaders Borland, IBM, Merchant, QNX Software Systems, Rational Software, RedHat, SuSE, TogetherSoft, and WebGain formed the initial board of directors and began work on the Eclipse open source project.

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Installing Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers (Ganymede)

Ganymede is using Eclipse Platform 3.4.0

Operating system used
Windows Vista Home Premium SP 1

Software prerequisites
Java Runtime Environment (JRE), version 1.4.2 or higher

  1. Download and unzip

  2. All files will be unzipped into directory "C:\Tools\eclipse".
    Note: If you have previously installed eclipse, make sure the old eclipse directory is renamed or removed.

  3. To start Eclipse you can double click on eclipse.exe

    Eclipse Logo Ganymede

  4. The Workspace Launcher is displayed asking where the workspace should be created. The workspace is the directory where all your created code is stored. Check the box "Use this as the default and do not ask again."

    Eclipse Workspace Launcher

  5. The Eclipse intoduction window is displayed. If you are a first time user of Eclipse I highly recommend to go through "Overview", "Tutorials" and "Samples". If you are familiar with Eclipse select icon "Go To The Workbench".

    Eclipse Resource

  6. The Workbench looks like this. Please note that the "Open a perspective" icon is located above the Editor window.

    Eclipse IDE