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"The Definitive Guide to SWT and JFACE" is it apt as a guide for an IDE development

 
S. Anup Nair
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As a guide does it speak about special controls which can be used for an IDE development such as the autocompletion control and maybe building plugins for some IDE such as Jdeveloper and Eclipse..
 
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As a guide does it speak about special controls which can be used for an IDE development such as the autocompletion control and maybe building plugins for some IDE such as Jdeveloper and Eclipse..

By reviewing the TOC of the book, I don't see any chapter which talks about the IDE-specific features of SWT... As it is mainly focus on the developement of SWT and applying JFace to that, except the chapter-2, which discusses about how to install Eclipse to develop SWT applications, there is no other chapters, which talks about the IDE stuffs...

But if there is any, I guess Mr.Rob is the one that can tell which part of the book covers about the IDE-specific stuffs...
 
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Chapter 18 focuses on the text editor, but no, this book isn't about how to develop an IDE. It also isn't about how to develop Eclipse plug-ins, though you can use the SWT/JFace knowledge this book provides to write Eclipse plug-ins.

We didn't write this book for the Eclipse community specifically. We use and enjoy Eclipse, as well as its commercial offspring, WSAD, but realize that SWT and JFace are compelling technologies regardless of the IDE you use (or don't use) to create desktop applications. The audience we aimed for is all desktop application developers. We believe the marriage of Java and SWT/JFace, which allows you to write cross-platform application that run at native or near-native speeds, deserves attention and consideration from ALL camps, not just the Eclipse one (this means the Visual Studio camp as well!)
 
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