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1.12. Summary

This chapter gave you a whirlwind tour of the major components of the Eclipse IDE that you will need to use to develop Eclipse plug-ins. At this point, you should be comfortable navigating the Eclipse UI and using the built-in Eclipse tools to create, edit, run, debug, and test your Java code.

The next chapter dives right in and gets our hands dirty creating the first Eclipse plug-in. Each succeeding chapter will introduce more and more layers of detail and slowly convert the plug-in from a simple example into a powerful tool that can be used on a daily basis while doing Eclipse development.


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