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Eclipse Versions

O. Ziggy
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Joined: Oct 02, 2005
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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?
Ed Thompson
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Joined: Jan 20, 2006
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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.

The feature list for WTP is here:

And for the J2EE is here:

Personally I like the one supported by MyEclipse (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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O. Ziggy
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Thanks for your reply. I've decided to try out the WTP version as it seems to have more support for the web based facilities i need like JSP, CSS, Javascript etc.

I have heard of MyEclipse but havent really paid a lot of attention to it.. (Yet)

Jesper de Jong
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The WTP is also included in the Eclipse for Java EE edition, so you will have all the JSP, CSS, HTML, XML etc. tools in there too.

Note that after installing Eclipse you can download and install additional plugins via the Update Manager: Help / Software Updates / Find and Install.

Even if you only installed a "bare bones" version of Eclipse, you could add all the Java EE and WTP stuff later using the Update Manager.

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