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Most of us HDL designers come from a VI or EMACS based environment. These are both excellent editors. Why change? Eclipse is an IDE, which has multiple components. Eclipse can be used as an editor, but that isn't a great reason to switch.
Eclipse with the SVEditor plugin will load your design, in much the same way a simulator loads your design. This brings a lot of functionality that isn't easily available in a normal editor:
- More easily traverse your code hierarchy
- Only files that are relevant to your design get parsed
- Class hierarchy browsing
- Code completion
An excellent "Getting Started Guide" is available at:
The SV Editor Homepage is also an excellent resource. http://sveditor.sourceforge.net/
These forums are a good place to monitor if you are looking for help.
News, updates etc are also posted at: https://sourceforge.net/projects/sveditor/