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Eclipse is an open source J2EE IDE written in Java.

Eclipse features support for Java tools such as Ant and JUnit. Plugins are avaliable to use Eclipse to program in other languages, such as C++.

Eclipse uses the SWT toolkit rather than Swing or AWT. As a consequence it takes on the GTK look and feel and fits in nicely with other Linux programs. It also tends to be faster than Java IDEs with swing-based GUIs, although the difference on modern computers is small.

Eclipse is licensed under the so-called "EPL" -- the "Eclipse Public License". Formerly, it was licensed under the IBM's "CPL".

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