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Eclipse Plugins Exposed, Part 1: A First Glimpse (9 tags)
Many developers use Eclipse out of the box as an IDE, never investigating its powerful extensibility. But as Emmanuel Proulx shows in this first installment of a new series, Eclipse's modular system of plugins allow you to customize it to your suit your development needs.

Perl Needs Better Tools (7 tags)
Perl is a fantastic language for getting your work done. It's flexible, forgiving, malleable, and dynamic. Why shouldn't it have good, powerful tools? Are Perl development tools behind those of other, perhaps less-capable languages? J. Matisse Enzer argues that Perl needs better tools, and explains what those tools should do.

Independently Parsing Perl (4 tags)
Stodgy, boring languages have great editors. What's keeping Perl from refactoring support, perfect syntax highlighting, and other advanced transformation techniques? It's really difficult to parse Perl. Fortunately, Adam Kennedy's PPI project provides a standalone Perl parser that operates correctly on all but 28 of the 38,000 CPAN modules. Here's how it works and what you can do with it.

What's New in Eclipse 3.2 Java Development Tools (4 tags)
The popular Eclipse IDE's latest release, version 3.2, is the cornerstone of an ambitious release of ten Eclipse-branded projects on the same day. But what's in it for you? Ed Burnette takes a look at the new features in Eclipse's Java Development Tools and shows you how they'll make your development much easier.

Configuring Database Access in Eclipse 3.0 with SQLExplorer (4 tags)
It's 2005 and you're using Eclipse. Should you still be creating your database tables and seeding them with data by hand, from an SQL command-line utility? Deepak Vohra introduces the SQLExplorer plugin for Eclipse, which allows you to put a GUI on your development-time database access.