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<title>How to Use the Eclipse API</title>
<date>May 18, 2001</date>
<name><![CDATA[Jim des Rivi&egrave;res]]></name>
The Eclipse Platform offers a comprehensive API (Application
Programmer Interface) to developers writing plug-ins. This
article discusses the general ground rules for using the Eclipse
Platform API, including how to tell API from non-API, and how to
stay in the API "sweet spot" to avoid the risk of being broken
as the platform and its APIs evolve. These general ground rules
are also recommended practice for plug-ins that must declare API
elements of their own.