Eclipse is very popular for the development of java software, but today, it is a top-level software for writing code for a lot of object-oriented programing languages. Eclipse contains a base workspace and very extendable plugin system for customizing your environment.
Eclipse is write mostly on Java, and is used mainly to develop java apps. you can use plugins to write in other languages like C++, Erlang, Fortran, Groovy, Haskell etc.
Eclipse SDK (Software development kit)
Eclipse software development kit (SDK) is free and open-source software, used for high-level programming, although it is incompatible with the GNU General Public License. It was one of the first IDEs to run under GNU Classpath.
Eclipse IDE system requirements
Eclipse today, runs on the most popular operating systems out there. Some of these operating system include: Windows XP, Linux, Mac Os X etc. Eclipse requires java to run. you need to pre-intsall java on your computer to have eclipse to run.
You can download Java for Windows and Linux from http://java.sun.com; look for the J2SE SDK (Software Development Kit) package without a NetBeans™ bundle. Mac OS X has Java preinstalled. See Table 1 for the minimum and recommended system requirements. Table 1-1. System requirements for Eclipse
|Java version||1.4.0||5.0 or greater|
|Memory||512 MB||1 GB or more|
|Free disk space||300 MB||1 GB or more|
|Processor speed||800 Mhz||1.5 Ghz or faster|
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