Thursday, May 19, 2005

Building an Eclipse Web-Search Plug-In

Building an Eclipse Web-Search Plug-In
A plug-in to search DDJ archives
By Michael Pilone


Text-editor development and command-line compiling have gone the way of the Dodo bird, as today's developers demand more sophisticated tools that provide functionality ranging from extensibility and seamless integration of components, to increased productivity and ease of use. This new generation tool, dubbed an "integrated development environment" (IDE), packages all of these features and more into a single application. In particular, the Eclipse IDE has come to the forefront of IDE technology. Eclipse (http://www.eclipse.org/) provides a stable, highly extensible, and robust plug-in architecture on which an IDE for Java is constructed.

The Eclipse IDE is really a combination of the Eclipse Platform and a number of well-crafted plug-ins. This plug-in architecture lets you add new functionality rapidly as new plug-ins are developed, as well as customization by individual users. In this article, I present an Eclipse plug-in that supports a simple online reference search of the Dr. Dobbs Journal (DDJ) web site. The complete source code and related files are available electronically; see "Resource Center," page 5. [Editor's Note: This plug-in assumes that you have a Premium Subscription to http://www.ddj.com/.]

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