Editor of the choice: Eclipse SDK IDE

EclipseSince i´ve experienced that having your software „synced“ everywhere is *so* important, I´m watching out for platform independent productive software for our agency. For developing issues I now found Eclipse, which is, from their own website a kind of universal tool platform – an open extensible IDE for anything and nothing in particular.“ And boy that is oh so true, and yet so powerful. Eclipse is fully based Java, so that it´s completely platform independent. It´s plugin-system assures, that it´s nearly endless extensible: PHP, Java, Python, Time Tracking, CVS, …. and A LOT more is able to be installed, after you downloaded it via a setup manager. You can arrange your views as you like – save them and export them anywhere. If you are on any other eclipse installation get it, and your workbench looks like before. There are some *out-of-the-box-packages* you can download, eg. Trustudio which comes with full ftp/webdav/php and python support. Code highlighting as well as -completing are fully integrated. If you´ve got a remote site to work on, you first import it via the import manager to your local machine (whoooo: apache and mysql are running inside the java environment on a buttorn press!!!) and work locally – test it, ant it, as you like. Through the integrated CVS you then export it again, and if you like, your work is tracked and exported into opentime whichs allows your project manager to stear the project. It´s a fast and powerful tool I´m planning to integrate now into our agencys´ workflow.. Did I say it´s opensource and therefore *free*? 🙂

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