can database engine be included in eclipse plugin?


April 2019


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I am new to Eclipse plugin development. I am working to develop a plugin that needs to store large amount of data, as well as search and retrieve from them. I am wondering, if I can use a database for this having plugin dependency. Is there any database engine that comes as Eclipse plugin? I was looking at Apache Derby, but quite unsure about the possibility.

Please suggest.

2 answers


For the Eclipse (Rich Client Platform) it does not matter where or how you store data. It is just a framework which helps deliver a rich client interface.

What other functionality will be required by the users of the data? Apart from getting new data in (is client application the right thing fro that anyway). And searching for certain data? If there is a lot of interaction with the data, draw some possible screens, to get an idea about how it should be implemented in eclipse (eclipse plugins).

There are several plug-ins / extensions which can help you getting the data storage functionality implemented.


I have been happily using Derby's Eclipse plug-in for data storage and retrieval. There is a good step-by-step tutorial that assumes very little prior knowledge. Follow these installation instructions, and you should be up and running fairly soon.

Once you get it installed in Eclipse, there is additional useful information. Launch Eclipse and bring up the Help for the Derby plug-ins. Help >> Help Contents>> Derby Plug-in User Guide.