Eclipse is an open source, Java-based extensible development platform. On its own, it is only a framework and a set of services, plug-in components used to build the development environment. Fortunately, Eclipse comes with a standard plug-ins, including the Java Development Kit (Java Development Kit, JDK).
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While most users are happy to use Eclipse as a Java integrated development environment (IDE), but is not limited to the Eclipse target. Eclipse plug-in development environment also includes (Plug-in Development Environment, PDE), this component focuses wish to extend the Eclipse software developers, because it allows them to build seamless integration with the Eclipse environment tools. Because everything in Eclipse is plugin for Eclipse provides for plug-ins, as well as to provide users with a consistent and unified integrated development environment, developers have all the tools to play the same place.
This equality and consistency is not limited to Java development tools. Although Eclipse is using the Java language, but its use is not limited to the Java language; such as support such as C / C, COBOL, PHP and other programming languages plugins already available, or is expected to launch. Eclipse framework can also be used as a software developer and independent basis for other application types, such as content management systems.
Eclipse-based application is a prominent example is the IBM Rational Software Architect, which constitutes the IBM Java development tools based on the series.