An Eclipse based product is a stand-alone program built with the
Eclipse platform. A product may optionally be packaged and delivered as one or more
features, which are simply groupings of plug-ins that are
managed as a single entity by the Eclipse update mechanisms.
Products include all the code and plug-ins needed to run them. This
includes a Java runtime environment (JRE) and the Eclipse platform code.
The plug-in code, JRE, and Eclipse platform are typically installed with a
product-specific installation program. Product providers are free to use
any installation tool or program that is appropriate for their needs.
Once installed, the user launches the product and is presented with an
Eclipse workbench configured specifically for the purpose supported by the
product, such as web development, C++ program development, or any other
purpose. The platform makes it easy to configure labels, about dialogs,
graphics, and splash screens, so that the user has no concept of a platform
workbench, but instead views the workbench as the main window of the product
PDE provides a
product configuration file and associated
to make it easy to create products in the correct format.
New Product Configuration