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Introduction

The functionality of Eclipse can be extended with more plugins and these are often free and sometimes open source. They can usually be installed the same way as you first installed WOLips. Simply get the appropriate update "Update URL" for the plugin (or sometimes a selection of plugins are available from the author), create a remote update site and install. The remote update site URL can usually be found somewhere in the documentation and often is more convenient that downloading the files and installing from HD.

Of course, if you are reading this, it goes without saying that WOLips is the most useful plugin of all!  (thumbs up)

Useful Plugins

Name

Details

Subclipse

Essential Subversion client
http://subclipse.tigris.org/
Update Sites:

JSEclipse

JavaScript editor
Update Site: http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/jseclipse/autoinstall/site.xml

QuickREx

Provides regular expression building tool in a View
HomePage: http://www.bastian-bergerhoff.com/eclipse/features/web/QuickREx/toc.html
Update Site: http://www.bastian-bergerhoff.com/eclipse/features

AnyEdit

AnyEdit plugin adds several new tools to the context menu of text- based Eclipse editors, to Eclipse main menu and editor toolbar.
http://andrei.gmxhome.de/eclipse/
AnyEdit contributes also Import/Export working sets wizards.
AnyEdit also allows you to automatically remove trailing whitespaces and/or perform tabs<->spaces conversion on a "save" action in all text-based Eclipse editors, and can show whitespace in text editors.

Jadclipse

On the fly decompilation of .class files - useful for debugging.
http://jadclipse.sourceforge.net/
Works in association with pre-installed jad executable.
Update Sites:
Eclipse 3.2: http://webobjects.mdimension.com/jadclipse/3.2
Eclipse 3.3, 3.4: http://webobjects.mdimension.com/jadclipse/

FindBugs

Finds bugs via static analysis.
Update Site: http://findbugs.cs.umd.edu/eclipse

Metrics

Analyzes code and can identify problem areas where complexity is too high (long methods, too many parameters, too much indentation, etc.)
Update Site: http://metrics.sourceforge.net/

PMD

Static code analysis, finds problems in your code
Update Site: http://pmd.sf.net/eclipse

TestNG

Unit testing
Update Site: http://beust.com/eclipse

CheckStyle

Checks your code is consistent with a customisable set of coding rules
Update Site: http://eclipse-cs.sourceforge.net/update

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