Lotus Sametime 7.5, IBM Workplace and IBM WebSphere were all built using the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE); and the next version of Lotus Notes, codenamed "Hannover," will be built on the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP).
But you don't have to wait until Hannover to start taking advantage of Eclipse's open-source extensibility. If you're running Notes/Domino 7, you can create a Notes/Domino plug-in with Eclipse now.
Before you get started though, you should learn about the basic programming concepts involved in developing an Eclipse plug in.
This collection of seven tips from Eclipse: Building Commercial Quality Plug-ins, by Eric Clayberg and Dan Rubel, will teach you the fundamentals you need to understand to successfully develop an Eclipse plug-in in for any environment.
Developing Eclipse plug-ins for Lotus Notes and Domino
Tip 1: The Eclipse plug-in structure for Lotus Notes and Domino
Tip 2: The Eclipse plug-in directory for Lotus Notes and Domino
Tip 3: The Eclipse plug-in manifest for Lotus Notes and Domino
Tip 4: The Eclipse plug-in class for Lotus Notes and Domino
Tip 5: The Eclipse plug-in model for Lotus Notes and Domino
Tip 6: Eclipse logging for Lotus Notes and Domino
Tip 7: Eclipse plug-in types for Lotus Notes and Domino
This chapter is excerpted from Eclipse: Building Commercial-Quality Plug-ins, 2nd Edition, by Eric Clayberg and Dan Rubel, published by Addison-Wesley Professional in March 2006. Copyright 2006 Pearson Education Inc. ISBN: 032142672X. Reprinted with permissions, all rights reserved. Click here to see a complete Table of Contents for this book. Click here for the chapter download.