Installing Eclipse and Getting Started.
(instructions from 2015, but still useful in 2017)
If done right, the instructions on this handout should only need to be
What are we doing?
The Eclipse software is an IDE (Integrated Development Environment)
that we will be using to develop computer programs through the course
of the semester. It allows many different languages, although we
will be using the language Java.
Eclipse is a professional-strength environment - ie, many software
professionals use this in their daily lives. Thus, it has
hundreds of capabilities that we will not be
exploring. At first, we will be seeing its abilities of color coding
for different concepts, early error-checking and warning messages, and
simple management of multiple assignments.
Installing the software.
From the Eclipse.org website, you should have downloaded a zip file.
Open the Zip file and drag the "eclipse" folder to your desktop (or a folder if you prefer)
Note: You may delete the original zip file at this point if you wish.
1) Create a Workspace folder.
need to create a folder to store your work in. Eclipse
will call this your "workspace". Thus, create a
folder in the userdata section of your computer. Eclipse
automatically assumes that you will call it "workspace. However,
you may name the
folder anything you wish, but you might call it CMSC280Workspace or the
like. (It will be easier if you do not put spaces or
punctuation in the name of the folder.)
2) Open Eclipse.
Optional: you may wish to create a shortcut to the eclipse application on your desktop.
- Open the Eclipse folder that you installed above.
- Click on the file "eclipse.exe".
|3) Choose workspace.
In the window that comes up, you are asked to choose the folder you are
using for your workspace. It assumes you named it "workspace". If you
named it something else, you will need to choose "Browse..." and find
(You may choose to check the "Use this as the default..." box but it is not necessary.)
|4) A welcome screen should
appear. In the upper left corner, choose the X
near the word "Welcome".
|5) You should then see something like this.
You have now installed Eclipse and gotten it ready for use in this course.