Plugin Development Environment
Develop, test, debug, build and deploy Eclipse plugins and rich client applications.
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The PDE provides views and editors to create plugins and RCP applications for Eclipse. Using the PDE, you can create your plugin manifest file (plugin.xml), specify your plugin runtime and other required plugins, define extension points, including their specific markup, associate XML Schema files with the extension point markup so extensions can be validated, create extensions on other plugin extension points, etc.
You only need the PDE if you plan to develop Eclipse plugins or RCP applications.
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This plugin is in the EasyEclipse for Plugins and RCP Apps distribution.
Help is available for this plugin, in the Help > Help Contents menu in EasyEclipse.
Templates (sample plugins) are also available in the Plugin Project wizard. You can easily create your first plug-in using the Hello, World template:
- Select the New > Project menu. In the New Project dialog, select the Plug-in Development > Plug-in Project item and press Next.
- Enter a name for your plug-in in the Project name field. By convention, a name should look like a Java package name (e.g.
com.example.tutorial.testplugin). Press Next.
- In the Plug-in Content; page, leave all values unchanged, and press Next.
- In the Templates page, select one of the templates (You will probably want to rerun the wizard to try them all). At first, select the Hello, World template. Press Finish. The project is created in the workspace.
- Right-click on the root of the project, and select Run As > Eclipse Application. A second instance of Eclipse is launched. This instance includes the plugin you just created.
- In the second instance of Eclipse, a new menu item was added by your plugin: Sample Menu. Select this Sample Menu > Sample Action item. A Hello, World dialog appears. This dialog was contributed by the plugin you created.
- Exit this second instance of Eclipse.
To work with this plugin, you may want to install the Eclipse SDK which contains more documentation and the source code for the platform. The source code can be useful when debugging or discovering Eclipse APIs.
Changes in EasyEclipse 1.3.1:
- Patched: Applied advanced patch for Eclipse PDE core bug: 208351.
- Upgraded to Plugin Development Environment 220.127.116.11.
- Upgraded to Plugin Development Environment 3.3.0.
- Upgraded to Plugin Development Environment 3.2.2.
- Upgraded to Plugin Development Environment 3.2.1.
- Upgraded to Plugin Development Environment 3.2.0.
- Initial release (with Plugin Development Environment 3.1.2).
Credits: Eclipse Foundation
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This plugin is licensed under the Eclipse Public License 1.0 license.