Could someone explain to me the difference(If any) between
Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers Description - Tools for Java developers creating JEE and Web applications, including a Java IDE, tools for JEE and JSF, Mylyn and others.
The Eclipse Web Tools Platform (WTP) Description - extends the Eclipse platform with tools for developing Web and Java EE applications.
I tried to download Eclipse but got confused which version i need to download. Are the above two downloads different? Based on the descriptions they both sound to be serving the same purpose thus im wondering why two versions?
Eclipse is a pluggable framework for defining a wide variety of IDE type applications. The JEE version is just Eclipse with a standard set of plug ins downloaded at the same time. WTP is another sets of plugins (I did not confirm whether WTP is included in the JEE tool set or not).
Someone has identified a set of plugins that a JEE devloper is most likely to need, and tagged Eclipse + plugin set X as Eclipse JEE.
Most plugins are interchangable, and can be mixed and matched. Obviously there can be overlap (how many XML editors can one define to process an XML file?)
I would download one and try it out (probably the JEE version). Over time you learn what you will and won't like, and you may start mixing tool sets.
Personally I like the one supported by MyEclipse http://www.myeclipseide.com/ (a third option). MyEclipse is inexpensive, well supported, and the forums are great! [ October 12, 2007: Message edited by: Ed Thompson ]
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