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October 10, 2006

Best Eclipse Tutorials and Videos on the Web

Eclipse is a general purpose professional open source IDE (integrated development environment) for programming and application development. It is primarily used with the Java programming language and is becoming the most popular Java development environment and IDE. I have spent some time searching the Internet for the best Eclipse tutorials and learning materials available for no cost. Here are my selections, categorized between the Best Video Eclipse Tutorials and the Best Eclipse Tutorials. Many of these will show and teach you how to install and start programming immediately using Java and Eclipse.


Best Video Eclipse Tutorials on the Web


Getting Started with Eclipse and Java
A two-minute jump start for using Java and Eclipse.

Creating Tools for AJAX Development

Tools for building HTML/Javascript and so-called AJAX-style applications are sparse. Mozilla has traditionally had the best tools in Venkman and its DOM Inspector, but recently development has been stagnant and these tools do not offer integration with active code development. The Eclipse AJAX Toolkit Framework brings these types of tools into the Eclipse IDE -- making use of the Java XPCOM to Java bridge and leveraging the robust features of Eclipse, while leaving the environment pluggable for more enhancements.

Eclipse Video Courseware

This course is taught as a two day seminar, and incorporates installation of the Eclipse Platform Java Development Tools and the CodeRally package, for which you’ll develop some samples plug-in tools for Eclipse. The courseware is created as part of the Open Source “ECESIS” project which is hosted by Eclipse.
The streaming video version of the Eclipse Course lessons are available online at:


SYS-CON.TV Webcast: Eclipse IDE For Students, Useful Eclipse Tips and Tricks

Lesson 10 In the popular "Java Basics" SYS-CON.TV Education Series by Yakov Fain. In this chapter he helps you to download and install the Eclipse IDE, create your first project project, and after this we'll be creating all our programs there.

Java Basics: Lesson 11, Java Packages and Imports (Live Video Education)

Lesson 11 in the popular "Java Basics" Series by JDJ Editorial Board Member Yakov Fain

Web Applications with the Eclipse Web Tools Project

Using open source to develop Web applications, EJBs, and Web services. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to develop and deploy a JSP Web application with WTP in less than an hour. I'll also cover the creation and deployment of a basic servlet and editing JSP with WTP.


Best Eclipse Tutorials on the Web

Eclipse-Tutorial: Project 

This is a ongoing project of  which consists of a collection of tutorials which describe how to use Eclipse for Java development.

Getting Started Using Eclipse

This tutorial introduces you to the user interface of Eclipse and some common activities that can be done in the Eclipse environment.

Getting Started with Eclipse 3.1

This site contains some tutorials and example programs that will help programmers who are new to Eclipse and the Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT) install Eclipse correctly and run some simple Java/SWT programs.  The main focus of this site is illustrating the use of the SWT for developing Java-based desktop applications

Eclipse IDE Tutorial

There are several steps that must be completed to set up Eclipse and further steps to start up a new Java project. This tutorial explains each step with words and graphics from the Eclipse IDE.

  • Launch - How to launch the Eclipse IDE.
  • Create - How to create a new programming project.
  • Edit - How to edit an existing project.
  • Run - How to run your program. This also includes building or compiling your project.
Eclipse and Eclipse Plugin Tutorials
  • Getting Started Using Eclipse
    In this tutorial, you will learn the basic concepts of using Eclipse. You will know how to:
    • Create a new java and plug-in project,
    • Manage views and perspectives,
    • Compare different versions of local files,
    • Run your program, and
    • Add plug-ins to enhance the functionality of Eclipse
  • Installing Plug-ins in the Eclipse Environment
    • Learn how to install plug-ins in the Eclipse Environment.
  • Unit Testing in Eclipse Using JUnit
    • In this tutorial, you will learn how to create unit tests with JUnit in Eclipse
  • And several more tutorials here
The Power of Three - Eclipse, Tomcat, and Struts

These tools are made for making web applications based on the servlet specification.


  • Eclipse is an IDE from eclipse.org, which can be used for programming in Java and many other programming languages.
  • Tomcat is a J2EE web server from the Apache Jakarta project
  • Struts is a framework--also from Apache Jakarta--for building MVC-type servlet applications
Tutorial for building J2EE Applications using Jboss and Eclipse

This tutorial is about building Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) components using Eclipse as an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and JBOSS as the Application Server. Tutorial covers step-by-step development of J2EE components, starting from setting up Eclipse, JBOSS and Lomboz. Lomboz uses Xdoclet (Attribute Oriented Programming) for rapid development of J2EE components. All of the tools used in this tutorial can be downloaded free of charge.

Test Driven Development using Eclipse

A viewlet demonstrating test driven development using Eclipse, created by Carlos Perez. (filesize: 2.00 MB)

Eclipse Tutorial

A large one-page tutorial full of screen shots on how to get up to speed and start developing Java apps using Eclipse.

EJB 3 Tutorial Using Eclipse, Ant and JBoss Tutorial

This tutorial explains basics about EJB3 and shows a simple work through to set up a EJB 3 project, create a entity bean and a session bean façade using Eclipse and Ant.

Eclipse Installation and Tutorials

These tutorials show you how to install, use and configure Eclipse 3.1 on your home PC.

Eclipse Tutorial

This Eclipse tutorial is for students who are currently taking a Java course that uses Eclipse and for Java programmers who want to develop Java projects using Eclipse (20 pages, pdf format). It covers the following topics:

  • Getting Started with Eclipse
  • Choosing a Perspective
  • Creating a Project
  • Creating a Java Program
  • Compiling and Running a Java Program
  • Run Java Applications from the Command Line
  • Debugging in Eclipse
Eclipse 3.1 Tutorial

This tutorial is a guide for developers who want to discover and to use Eclipse 3.1 Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

Eclipse Acronyms

what the acronym stands for and a short introduction of the underlying concept

Implementing Java Web Services Using Eclipse

This tutorial demonstrates how to implement Java Web services. This is achieved using the example of a simple instant-messaging (chat) application.

Debugging a Java Program with Eclipse

One of the benefits that Eclipse provides is the ability to run code interactively by using its integrated debugger. Examining variables and expressions while executing code step-by-step is an invaluable tool for investigating problems with your code.

Programming the Eclipse Workbench

In this article, the Eclipse Workbench will be explored in more detail. Specifically, the Workbench "parts" — the views and editors that make up most Workbench applications — will be reviewed.


SWT Programming with Eclipse

IBM created the GUI library, called SWT,which solves the problems seen with the AWT and the Swing frameworks.

Introduction to Java Servlets with Eclipse

At the completion of the tutorial, you will understand the concept of the Java Servlet and be familiar with the ways to create Java Servlet using Eclipse 3.1.2. In this tutorial, we are going to create one dynamic web application.

Eclipse Tutorial

This tutorial tries to highlight the advantages of using Eclipse for programming in Java. It serves as a detailed guideline for beginner users. No specific or advanced Java knowledge is required in order to follow this tutorial. In few minutes you will be able to master some main Eclipse techniques that will boost your productivity.

Eclipse Technical Articles

These excellent articles have been written by members of the development team and other members of the eclipse community.

Focus on Eclipse

Several tutorials, webcasts, and articles from devx.com helping you to use Eclipse to its fullest extent.

Eclipse Tutorials from OnJava.com  - here are the best of these:
  • Java Development on Eclipse, Part 1
    Steve Holzner contends that Eclipse makes it easier to create Java code from scratch. In this excerpt from Chapter 2 of his book, Eclipse, Steve shows how Eclipse makes it easy to create new methods, classes, and packages, and more.
  • Java Development on Eclipse, Part 2
    In the conclusion to this two-part excerpt from Eclipse, author Steve Holzner covers creating Javadocs, refactoring, and adding to your Java skills.
  • An Introduction to the Eclipse IDE
    Eclipse, an open source Java-based IDE, brings together all of the tools a developer needs to be successful at Web application development: an extensible IDE, a standards-based compiler, remote debugging, Ant-based builds, JUnit-based testing, and plug...
  • Eclipse Web Tools
    Jeffrey Liu and Lawrence Mandel introduce the Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP), which offers an Eclipse-based set of web app tools to create and manipulate EJBs, web services, data stores, and JSPs.
  • Eclipse Plugins Exposed, Part 1: A First Glimpse
    An OnJava.com monthly column is about writing plugins in Eclipse. The prerequisites for starting to write Eclipse plugins are knowing how to use Eclipse and write Java programs, and having a good understanding of the Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT) and Swing. In this first installment of the column, let's explore the Eclipse plugin environment.
  • Eclipse Plugins Exposed, Part 2: Simple GUI Elements
    Emmanuel Proulx continues his Eclipse series by showing how to use extension points to create toolbar buttons, menu items, and dialogs.
  • Eclipse Plugins Exposed, Part 3: Customizing a Wizard
    Emmanuel Proulx's series on Eclipse plugin development continues by showing how to put together a useful data model and a wizard GUI.
  • Develop Your Own Plugins for Eclipse, Part 1
    Jerome Moliere shows how to get started with deploying Eclipse plugins.
  • Integrating Ant with Eclipse, Part 1
    In this except from Ant: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition, Steve Holzner shows how to integrate Ant with the Eclipse IDE.
  • Integrating Ant with Eclipse, Part 2
    In this excerpt from Ant: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition, Steve Holzner shows how to customize your Ant/Eclipse integration.
  • Working with Hibernate in Eclipse
    Jim Elliott explores Hibernate Synchronizer -- a plugin that automatically updates your Java code when you change your mapping document. Jim takes you through the plugin's installation, configuration, code generation, and more.
The Official Eclipse FAQs

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