12 Eclipse Plugins That Every Developer Should Know!

The Eclipse IDE is popular and it can be far more powerful with the right plugins attached to it!

Subclipse and Subversive: Both of these plugins handle the subversion of repositories. In addition, they also handle the major tasks related to version control as well.

EGit: This one uses the Git version control system and is a popular plugin for managing users’ source codes and projects. It also uses the JGit library, which is a Java-based core that you can download separately.

m2eclipse: Ever heard of the Apache Maven build tool? This software project management and comprehension tool can be integrated into Eclipse using the m2eclipse plugin.

Eclipse Marketplace Client: This client may already be installed on your system. The Eclipse Foundation, the company behind the IDE, has been making its marketplace a part of the software itself. It tracks your downloads and perform other activities.

FindBugs: This is an auditor that gives you an extra edge for finding bugs. The plugin comes with numerous bug patterns programmed into it and searches through your code to find the bugs and shows them in Eclipse. The results are sometimes arguable, but it’s still a pretty handy tool.

Checkstyle: This tool makes it easy for everyone working on a project to follow the same rules for coding. It makes it much easier to understand everyone’s code and the developer can also program Checkstyle to follow the rules that they like.

Hibernate: When you need to turn data into Java objects, this is the best plugin available. It goes into the SQL database and returns with every Java file that need to be turned into Java objects. The plugin reverse engineers a database within seconds.

UML Designer: UML stands for Unified Modeling Language and is a standard for constructing, specifying and documenting the elements of object oriented programming projects. It also helps with the tree representation of XML.

Ant Visualizer: This visualizer parses the XML and turns it into a bunch of blocks, which allows you to imagine how a build process advances.

Unnecessary Code Detector: When a code project is finished, a programmer is often left with the task of removing unnecessary code that has been put into it. This plugin works like a charm in such cases. It places little flags in order to show you, which methods in the code are unnecessary.

JFormDesigner: This plugin is useful if you are building desktop applications in Swing and porting them to the internet using the Google Web Toolkit. This is a tool that helps you draw the user interface.

Color Theme: This plugin has a number of colouring schemes for your files and you can use these wherever you want.

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