Summary and Info
I was kind of expected this book to give lots of detailed information about configuring and using Eclipse. Most of the first seven chapters were useful -- if you were new to using Eclipse as an IDE. However, if you have a few years of Eclipse behind you these chapters are very introduction type.
If you have some time with Eclipse and where looking for a detailed index of all the things that you can set and the best ways to do them then you will be disappointed.
If, like I was, you were buying this and thinking about a companion book on writing plug-ins, you just saved some time. The last two chapters are about extending Eclipse with plug-ins. Both of these chapters take you to the deep end of the pool very quickly but do provide examples. These two chapters show a basic example of a plug-in and a very complex one.
The chapters where they explained SWT (during the general Eclipse information) were very useful. These chapters got my thought process going about how to write different GUI programs and being able to stay away from AWT and SWING.
The chapters on SWT and plug-ins where worth the price. I just wish that there was more expert information about the IDE.