> Now the instructions in http://hbase.apache.org/book.html#ides has put me
> in a state of confusion. Will the command line method still work ?
Yes, the command line method will still work.
However, as of Eclipse Indigo (the previous version of Eclipse) there has
been built-in maven integration. Before that, you could integrate eclipse
with maven via the m2eclipse plugin. If you have Indigo or Juno or
installed m2eclipse, you can just import the project as a 'Maven Project'
by File->Import...Maven->Existing Maven Projects and then just select the
/hbase directory and it will find all the submodules and import them.
That make sense?