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Eclipse IDE Installation
Technical Docs Feb 11, 2009
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About This Article

This article is about how to install the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE).


Scope:

This article is intended for novice users, who are new to Java ecosystem.


Reference:

1. JDK Installation Guide:
JDK Installation Guide
 
2. For more information about Eclipse SDK, refer the links below:
 

Abbreviations

JRE   Java Runtime Environment
JDK  Java Development Kit
SDK  Software Development Kit
IDE  Integrated Development Environment
J2SE  Java 2 Standard Edition









Introduction

Eclipse is used to develop applications in Java. Other than Java language C++, Cobol, Python, Perl, PHP etc are supported by using Plug-in. It is free open source Multi language software development Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Eclipse is created by the Free Software community  "Eclipse Foundation, Inc".  Eclipse SDK is "pure" Java code. So the chief dependence is therefore on the Java Platform.
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System Requirements

Minimum software and hardware requirements for installing Eclipse IDE are:

Software Requirements:


  •Windows XP.
  •JDK 1.5 or later 
  •Decompression Software.

Hardware Requirements:

  •700 MB hard disk space
  •512 MB system RAM
  •Intel or Intel-compatible Pentium II class processor


Note: Here Windows XP Professional is used with the Java 1.5.0 and Eclipse 3.4.1 SDK for illustrating Eclipse installation.




Installation

In order to install Eclipse IDE on Windows platform, follow the steps mentioned below:

Step 1:
Eclipse requires Java Runtime Environment (JRE) for installation. Before installing the Eclipse IDE, ensure that JDK is installed on the system. JRE comes as a part of JDK.

Step 2:
Eclipse IDE is available for various programming languages. Choose Eclipse Classic <version>  for Java Development where version can be 3.4.1. To download Eclipse IDE, please refer to the following link:



The downloaded file should be in the form of  eclipse-SDK-<version>-win32.zip where version can be 3.4.1. The downloaded file might have a name similar to eclipse-SDK-3.4.1-win32.zip or other depending on the operating system used.



Note: eclipse-SDK-3.4.1-win32.zip is used for illustrating Eclipse installation.



Step 3:
The downloaded file is in .zip format and can be extracted with any standard decompression software e.g. WinZip. Downloaded file can be extracted to c:\eclipse-SDK-3.4.1-win32.

Now the installation of Eclipse IDE is complete.



Launching

Step 1:
Extracted folder eclipse-SDK-3.4.1-win32 contains eclipse folder. In this folder eclipse.exe resides. Double click on the executable to run. Example: To run the eclipse IDE, double click on eclipse.exe located in path.C:\eclipse-SDK-3.4.1-win32\eclipse\ eclipse.exe.


Figure 1 shows eclipse executable file icon.  To put up eclipse.exe on start up menu, right-click on it. It will show the 'pin to start menu' option, click on it. This is the easy way to run the eclipse IDE from Windows Start Menu or alternatively create shortcut on the desktop if needed.

Step 2:
After double clicking on eclipse.exe, Eclipse IDE will launch. Figure 2 shows the launching of eclipse IDE.
 


"Workspace Launcher" dialog box appears as shown in Figure 3. Workspace Launcher is used to store projects in a folder called workspace as shown under  'Workspace'. This is the default folder created by eclipse for project workspace.

Click  Browse...  button to select the project workspace.

Click  OK  button to select the workspace.

Click  Cancel  button to exit the Eclipse IDE.
 


Congratulations! On successful installation and launching of Eclipse IDE. Now, you are ready to develop your Java ME application.  Please refer for more tutorials in Developing section under Knowledge Base



Uninstalling the Eclipse


 Caution: Following steps will uninstall the Eclipse. 



  1. There is no uninstallation option for Eclipse IDE. Delete the complete installation directory of eclipse IDE.



Downloads

This article can also be downloaded in Word Document and PDF format . Click on the following link to download:

Eclipse IDE Installation Guide Download
 

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