Available Tutorials

Using the Eclipse Workbench

Eclipse and Java for Total Beginners

Eclipse and Java: Introducing Persistence

Eclipse and Java: Using the Debugger

About the Tutorials

First a disclaimer: I am not an Eclipse or Java expert. Although I've been developing software for over 30 years, I am relatively new to Eclipse, Java, and object-oriented programming (OOP).

When I started learning Java, many if not most Java "old-timers" seemed to recommend using a plain text-editor and the Java command-line compiler. The theory was that  you would get to know exactly how the Java compiler works and that you wouldn't have to learn a complex IDE (integrated development environment) like Eclipse or Netbeans.

I took this advice -- for about one hour! I found it extremely tedious and frustrating to be using a dumb text editor (I was using Windows notepad) to write Java code. Typos, such as unmatched curly braces and misspelled variable names, were the bane of my existence. I also didn't like the feeling of "working in the dark" -- i.e., no debugger or other way of seeing what was going on inside the code.

So I started working with Eclipse and never looked back. The one thing missing, I thought, was a good, up-to-date series of video tutorials targeted at people new to Java and Eclipse. So I decided to try my hand, and these tutorials are the result.

Thanks to Wayne Beaton of the Eclipse Foundation for his help and encouragement. He has tried to correct some of my rookie mistakes. Any that remain are mine alone.