Hey, tea lovers! Today we are going to talk about the Eclipse IDE Plugins that every programmer must-have. These plugins help you to boost your productivity. These are free to use plugins and don’t require too much effort to set up.
Let’s just jump right into it and explore these plugins. But before prepare your cup of tea to sip and code.
It’s an ultimate out of the box theme pack for the Eclipse IDE. Its the first plugin I install at the time of setup. Its theme plugin allows you to fully customize and have hundreds of new icons to give Eclipse a uniquely modern appearance. It also has a user-friendly design/theme for the developer to code without any distraction & interruption. Its themes include a bundle of various color combinations such as dark, light, and multicolored with pastel color themes. You can fine-tune the workbench according to your vision, which can fulfill any developer’s need & gives a cutting edge blazing look to your IDE. More about Darkest Dark on here
EGit is an Eclipse’s Team provider for the Git version control system. Git is a distributed SCM, which means every developer has a full copy of all history of every revision of the code, making queries against the history very fast and versatile.
It’s one of the important plugins for developers to work in the collaboration. EGit comes pre-installed in Eclipse, so no need to manually install it. But no harm being sure. To get started with this, check out the user guide here.
Spring Tool Suite
Spring is the most popular and widely used Java framework out there in the market. To simplify working with the Spring project here comes the Spring Tool Suite plugin aka STS. This plugin makes it easy to create Spring Boot projects in Eclipse.
The Spring Tools 4 is the next generation of Spring tooling for your favorite coding environment. Mostly rebuilt from scratch, it provides world-class support for developing Spring-Boot-based enterprise applications, whether you prefer Eclipse, Visual Studio Code, or Atom IDE. Check this out for more info.
The Maven plugin or Maven Integration for Eclipse plugin is another popular Eclipse plugin you need for Java development. It provides comprehensive Maven integration to Eclipse. You can use it to manage both simple and multi-module Maven projects, execute Maven builds via the Eclipse interface, and interact with Maven repositories. It makes development easier by integrating data from a project’s Object Model with Eclipse IDE features. With the Maven plugin, you can use Maven within Eclipse in a natural and intuitive interface. For more info check out here
TDD Development is indeed becoming more and more defacto for every development. One of the key things when doing testing is how much your code is getting covered by test cases. You want to make sure it is getting 100% coverage most of the time.
EclEmma is a free Java code coverage tool for Eclipse. It brings code coverage analysis directly into the Eclipse workbench. Like JUnit, test runs can directly be analyzed for code coverage and coverage analysis results are immediately summarized and highlighted in the Java source code editors. You can see that in the aforementioned image. EclEmma does not require modifying your projects or performing any other setup.
Eclipse integration has its focus on supporting the individual developer in a highly interactive way. Check out more info.
It provides a first-level code reviewer for a developer to improve code & minimize the bugs.
If your project is analyzed on SonarQube or on SonarCloud, SonarLint can connect to the server to retrieve the appropriate quality profiles and settings for that project, as well as some additional language support. For more info.
Project Lombok is a java library that automatically plugs into your editor and builds tools, spicing up your java.
Never write another getter or equals method again, with one annotation your class has a fully-featured builder, Automate your logging variables, and much more.
For same, we had a detailed post, which you can check out here
Dbeaver for Database access
DBeaver is an Eclipse source-based free universal SQL client/database tool for developers and database administrators. It can work with any database server which has JDBC or ODBC driver. It supports pluggable extensions.
That same standalone universal database tool we can add in our Eclipse IDE & use for any database operation & management,
When you working with an application where you need to monitor the database there this plugin added advantages we no need any tool that single plugin is sufficient for all DB. For more info check here
And the final note
In Eclipse Marketplace, you will find thousands of plugins. but you don’t need all those, just install plugins that you require the most. Installing unnecessary plugins can make your eclipse a little slow or it also breaks the eclipse.
That’s it guys for this post. Let me know, How many extensions you have learned & add-on are enough or you would like to add more. If you have more extensions kindly mentioned in the comments, Till that you can check the Best-Practices post here.
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