Eclipse is an integrated development environment which was first released in November 2001 is used for developing applications. Eclipse is written in Java & default programming language supported by Eclipse is Java but, applications can be developed using other programming languages as well with the help of plugins.
Eclipse SDK (Software Development Kit) is an open-source software and is available for all operating systems including Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, Solaris. The current version of Eclipse is 4.5.2 with code name Mars.2, and next version will be Eclipse 4.6 Neon M6.
One of the best features is its plug-in based architecture, it allows developers to extend the Eclipse platform for various other programming languages like C, C++, Python,PHP, Ruby, R, Erlang (Whatsapp is written in Erlang), Perl etc. Network developers can also use Eclipse platform for developing network-based applications with the use of plug-ins.
Installation of Eclipse on Mac OS X is very simple, the procedure is similar for installing it on Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11, or Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10. See the steps given below to download & install Eclipse on Mac.
Download & Install Eclipse on Mac OS X
Step 1: Go to the official website of Eclipse and download the latest stable version i.e. Eclipse 4.5 Mars. You can also install preview version Eclipse 4.6 Neon, but it may contain bugs, so it’s better to go with the stable version.
Step 2: Double click on the downloaded tar.gz file (eg. eclipse-jee-mars-2-macosx-cocoa-x86_64.tar.gz) to extract “Eclipse.app”.
Step 3: Drag this “Eclipse.app” to the “Applications” folder.
Step 4: Now, to launch eclipse go to your “Applications” folder and open “Eclipse.app”, you’ll get some warning just ignore.
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