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So you want to…

... to use dynamic languages to script your Java classes?

EclipseShell allows you to use Eclipse shell allows you to do this by

Screencast: First steps with EclipseShell

... script Eclipse from inside your Workbench?

Open an EclipseShell editor, and explore the power of Eclipse from the inside. Use the power of the plugins and automate otherwise tedious tasks in Eclipse.

Example: Screencast: access Eclipse systems from EclipseShell

Example: Screencast: peek into the model of a Ruby project of the RubyDevelopmentTools

... prototype Eclipse plugins?

Nothing easier than that: whether it’s just handling of some core plugins, or SWT/JFace GUI building or just exploratory development, EclipseShell allows you to do it.

Example: Screencast: Interactively build a simple ClassBrowser GUI with JRuby in EclipseShell

... easily share lightweight tools for Eclipse?

Plugin development in Eclipse is easy and well supported by great tools (PDE), but if you just quickly want to share some little tool, you can use EclipseShell. Write up the functionality you want, store it in a history file, and share that with your colleagues.

Example: Screencast: Interactive access to a JMX server with JRuby