Eclipse - Build Project

Building a Java Project

A project can have zero or more builders associated with it. A java project is associated with a java builder. To see the builders associated with a project −

  • In the Package Explorer view right click on the project and select Properties.

  • In the left hand side tree click Builders.

Build Project

It's the java builder that distinguishes a Java project from other types of projects. By click on the New button you can associate the Ant builder with a java project. The java builder is responsible for compiling the java source code and generating classes.

The java builder is notified of changes to the resources in a workspace and can automatically compile java code. To disable automatic compilation deselect the Build Automatically option from the Project menu.

Project Menu

If automatic compilation is disabled then you can explicitly build a project by selecting the Build Project menu item on the Project menu. The Build Project menu item is disabled if the Build Automatically menu item is selected.