Recipe 1.1 Getting Eclipse


1.1.1 Problem

You want to try out Eclipse.

1.1.2 Solution

Eclipse is a free download, and you can pick it up at Just click the Downloads link located on the left side of that page.

1.1.3 Discussion

The current download URL is The download page appears in Figure 1-1.

Figure 1-1. The Eclipse download page

Click a mirror site close to you, choose the version of Eclipse you want, and then select your operating system (Eclipse works with everything from Linux to AIX to Windows). The download starts automatically.

You can download four different versions of Eclipse:

Release builds

These releases are for general use. In most cases, when you download Eclipse you'll use one of the release versions. These builds have been tested , and the chance of coming across serious bugs is minimal. If Eclipse were for sale, this is the version that would be selling.

Stable builds

Stable builds are much like beta versions. The Eclipse team treats this build as relatively stable, but you might run across problems, as in any beta version. If you're interested, this is where you'll find forthcoming Eclipse features.

Integration builds

These are a step below stable builds; their components have been fairly well tested, but the way they operate together still might be problematic . If things work out OK for an integration build, it might be made into a stable version.

Nightly builds

The most experimental and risky of all publically available Eclipse builds, these are created every night by the Eclipse team, and they come with virtually no guarantee. My experience with these builds suggests that you can run into substantial problems, so beware here.

Usually, you'll pick the most recent release version of Eclipse. Allow some time for the download; depending on your operating system, most current release versions are more than 60 MB.

1.1.4 See Also

Chapter 1 of Eclipse (O'Reilly); the Eclipse site,; the technical articles at; the newsgroups at; the current and upcoming versions page at

Eclipse Cookbook
Inside XML (Inside (New Riders))
ISBN: 596007108
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 232
Authors: Steve Holzner

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