Eclipse Classic is a software development kit (SDK) for Java. It contains what you need to build applications based on Eclipse technology, including integrated development environments IDE, and rich client applications using the Eclipse Rich Client Platform RCP. The Eclipse Classic provides superior Java editing with incremental compilation, the Plug-in Development Environment PDE, the complete source code for the Eclipse Platform, and much more.
Eclipse includes tools made to give developers the freedom of choice in a multi-language, multi-platform, and multi-vendor environment. Eclipse provides a plug-in based framework that makes it easier to create, integrate, and utilize software tools, saving time and money.
By collaborating and exploiting core integration technology, tool producers can leverage platform reuse and concentrate on core competencies to create new development technology. The Eclipse Classic is written in the Java language and comes with extensive plug-in construction toolkits and examples.
The Eclipse Platform is written in the Java language and comes with extensive plug-in construction toolkits and examples. These projects can be conceptually organized into seven different “pillars” or categories: