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Integrated development environments have been around since the early days of microcomputing, but they continue to move with the times. In this article, the author explains how these software tools have evolved to meet 21st century programmers' needs. Eclipse evolved into a platform for building many tools, a tool for almost every real-time operating system on the planet. It is very useful to be able to bring the high-end database tools into the IDE and present them in a way the developer can approach and integrate into a workflow.
Date of Publication: November-December 2008