What is Eclipse and why should you use it?

If you have been using a simple text editor and the command prompt to compile and run your java programs until now, learning to use Eclipse may make your programming life much easier. Eclipse is an IDE (an Integrated Development Enviroment), meaning that it is a program made to provide you with all the tools you need to code, wrapped up in a nice user interface. Here are some of the top reasons for using an IDE:

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