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Integrated Development Environments: Eclipse

Several of the articles that I've been reading about Agent-Based Simulation have referenced Integrated Development Environments (IDEs)--in particular, Eclipse--as a tool for constructing simulation environments. "They offer such benefits as editors that automatically format code, finding and helping fix mistakes, automating common tasks such as writing import statements and getter and setter methods, and debuggers that let you step through a code's execution to find mistakes and understand what your model is doing" ( Eclipse, specifically, "is an open source community whose projects are focused on providing an extensible development platform and application frameworks for building software" (

By the way, the Component Builder for PlatBox is based on Eclipse software.