Before you start
This "Create a commercial-quality Eclipse IDE" tutorial series shows you what it takes to churn out integrated development environments (IDEs) as Eclipse plug-ins for any of the existing programming languages or your own language. It walks you through the two most important parts of the IDE -- the core and the user interface (UI) -- and takes a detailed look at the problems associated with designing and implementing them.
The series uses ANTLR Studio IDE as a case study and examines its internals to understand what it takes to create a highly professional, commercial-level IDE. Code samples help you follow the concepts and understand how to utilize them in your own IDE.
Part 1 looks at creating the base of the IDE, called the core, on top of which all the other components of the IDE are built. It also discusses the general architecture of an IDE and examines techniques employed in the commercial ANTLR Studio IDE to solve some of the problems you may encounter while designing a core.
This tutorial assumes a basic knowledge of parsers and lexers (what they are and they do), ANTLR, and working with the Eclipse Java™ Development Tools (JDT).
To try the code examples in this tutorial, you need the Eclipse software development kit (SDK) running Java Virtual Machine (JVM) V1.4 or later. In addition, to generate the parser and lexer examples, you need ANTLR (see Resources).