Using Eclipse on E

Eclipse on E is laid out in a way that I like to use knowledge. Yes, it’s great to have reference material (eg. online help and books), but the best way to learn new things is find out how to solve everyday problems/obstacles I meet doing my job every day.

Here are some ways to get started on the site.

1) Browse the categories

Most categories are based on what you as a programmer would do on a daily basis. For example, you might be navigate through the code for a while, edit the code and then launch and debug it. So use these to find out how you can improve a particular area of programming.

Other categories are based on frequently occuring problems. For example, with so many features in Eclipse, how do you maximise screen space to work effectively or what are some of the more useful keyboard shortcuts in Eclipse.

2) Browse the Tips Archive

The Tips Archive contains a list of all tips ever published on Eclipse On E, so scan through it to see if there’s a tip that will help you.

3) Use the Search

If all else fails you may want to use the search box in the top right of the page. A lot more tips will be added in the near future so there’s a big chance that you’ll find what you’re looking for.

4) Let the tips come to you with RSS and Twitter

You can use RSS or Twitter to stay up to date with new posts and tips. These can be found in the top right of the page. You can also subscribe by email, so you’ll be notified by email every time a new post is added (located in the right sidebar). This way you make sure you won’t miss out on anything.

5) Check out the videos

I’ve included videos wherever possible to explain features rather than written instructions. The Eclipse Help has great reference documentation written out so I didn’t want to duplicate this. And I always get attracted to doing something when I see someone else doing it (and doing it well). So maybe the videos can inspire you to dig a bit deeper.

  • Tips are really where it’s at. They give you practical and specific answers to common problems – things that have worked for me and others. Tips may refer back to the Features at some point for background, but that’s optional. If you know the features already, you can just use the tips.