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Setting up a web development environment with Eclipse

Introduction

When getting involved with new technologies, it is convenient to have some environment available where new things can be tried out easily. It is of course often possible to use a simple text editor to check how samples from books or articles work, but it is much easier when using an IDE where it is also possible to debug the application and which provides all kinds of coding assistants. Web and J2EE development is a rather huge topic with many different technologies and very different aspects. The following article summarizes how to set up a development environment which can be used to work with technologies like Servlets, JSPs, JSF, EJBs etc. using Eclipse.