Processing in Eclipse
I think that Processing‘s default IDE, the PDE, is pretty accessible to the new programmer. I’ve had a lot of fun with it. But since Processing is based on Java, it could be presumed that it could be authored in a Java IDE. And indeed it can. Via the processing site, there is a tutorial that walks you through the process of setting up a simple Processing sketch inside the Eclipse Java IDE. Why would you want to do this? For me, mainly code reuse: The PDE doesn’t allow for a lot of easyconvenient code reuse: Say you make a particle class in sketchA, and you want to use it in sketchB: You’ll need to physically duplicate the code inside of your new sketch. Ouch.
After completing this excersize, it just makes me realize how little I know about Java! But I think Eclipse is a great place to start learning it.