The uptake on Mark Dexter’s “Eclipse and Java for Total Beginners” tutorials has been nothing short of phenomenal. He’s showing some impressive (no, staggering) download statistics and a discussion thread attached to his project is filled with kudos. Mark is helping a lot of people get started with the technology and he’s doing a great job of it.
Perhaps the most encouraging part of all of this is that my sorry attempts at providing timely feedback to Mark hasn’t soured him to the process and he’s planning still more tutorials. He’s looking for feedback; if there’s something you’d like to see, connect to the above thread and let Mark know your thoughts on the matter.
You can find links to Mark’s tutorials, along with other useful materials, on the Eclipse Resources page and on Eclipse Live. I’m in the process of addressing Bug 201115, which helpfully suggests that we add a new tag to the resources page to make “Getting Started” resources like this one easier to find. Hopefully, I’ll get the bulk of it done today; if you have any thoughts concerning resources that should have this tag added, let me know by adding your comments to the bug.