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ColdFusion Builder, based on the Eclipse workbench, is Adobe’s first dedicated development environment for programmers of ColdFusion-based Internet applications. ColdFusion Builder Essential Training, with author Dan Short, is designed to teach both new and experienced ColdFusion developers how to configure servers and services, generate data-aware components, and create custom extensions. Exercise files accompany the course.
Probably the most powerful thing about Eclipse is that you can do just about anything you would like with the right plug-in. Now, ColdFusion Builder is itself a plug- in into Eclipse, and there are plug-ins for just about any task you can imagine, from working with XML, building UML diagrams, or working with version control software. In this video, I am going to show you how to install the Subclipse plug-in for working with Subversion. So, to install a plug-in, from the Help menu, choose Install New Software.
And this dialog will allow you to select an update site. Now, all plug-ins are installed from an update site. And while it's called an update site, it doesn't necessarily mean it has to come from an actual web site. You can also update Eclipse with a plug-in stored locally on your hard drive. Now, the first thing you should do before you install any plug-ins at all is actually add the Ganymede update site to your Eclipse installation. Now, ColdFusion Builder is based off of the Ganymede version of Eclipse, so some plug-ins will require components from that core set of files in order to install correctly.
So, we will start by adding that update site. Next to the Work with dropdown, click on Add, and we will just type in the name of this update site. And in the Location dialog, we will type download.eclipse.org/releases/ganymede. So, now if we install any plug-ins that require core Eclipse components, they will know where to go out and fetch those pieces. So click OK.
It will locate the update site. So, after we have added the update site, it will go out and fetch all the pieces that are out there, and show us a list of everything that can be installed from that update site. As you can see, there is quite a bit. There is C and C++ development tools, collaboration tools. All of this is directly from the Eclipse organization. We have database development, other programming languages, a whole cornucopia of programming resources.
But what I want to do is install Subclipse in order to be able to work with my Subversion repositories. So, let's go out to their web site and figure out how I can install this plug-in. So, I am going to go to Safari and we will go to subclipse.tigris.org, and on the Subclipse homepage, down on the left- hand side you will see Download and Install. On this page, they list all of their current releases and here are the releases for Subversion 1.6 and Subversion 1.4, and you can go all the way back to Subversion 1.0.
In this case, I am going to install the plug-in for Subversion 1.6. So, I can copy this Eclipse update URL. I will go back to my ColdFusion Builder installation. I will click Add, type Subclipse, and I will add in my location and click OK. And now I can see the plug-ins that are available. We are going to choose the Core SVNKit Library and Subclipse, and click Next. And now I can see all of the items that are going to be installed based off of those selections that I made.
So, go ahead and click Next, because that all looks right to me. We will agree to the license agreement. Each of the individual components can have their own license. So, if you can accept all the license agreements, go ahead and click Finish. That's going to download all the components and put them all in their proper spot on my machine. Now, the Subclipse installation does have some unsigned content, but I trust them, so I am going to go ahead and click OK. If I didn't, I could click Details and see exactly which components aren't being properly signed.
So, go ahead and click OK. Let it finish the installation. Now, after plug-in installs, it's recommended that you restart the entire ColdFusion Builder application to make sure that the plug-in gets properly registered. So, I will go ahead and click Yes. ColdFusion Builder will restart. And while nothing is new here, if I go to the Window, and Show View, and Other, you can see now that I have some SVN views available to me.
I generally like to have the SVN Properties view open. So, I will select SVN Properties and click OK. I like to have it over here in my bottom group. So, we will choose Window and Save Perspective, and overwrite my existing perspective. We will go ahead and choose Yes. And now I have my SVN Properties available to me all the time. Now, to keep an eye on what plug-ins are installed. If you go back to the Help menu and choose Install New Software, in the lower right-hand corner, you can see a link that says, What is already installed? If I click that link, it will show me every single plug-in that is currently installed in my version of Eclipse, and you can see that even Adobe ColdFusion Builder is listed, since it is itself a plug-in.
Now, if there were updates to a particular plug-in, I can select them and at the bottom, I can click Update. I can uninstall the plug-in directly from here and I can even look at the Installation History and see when each of these installations took place. And that's all it takes to add new functionality to Eclipse with plug-ins. And that concludes our chapter on managing your workspace. So, in the next chapter, we are going to talk about actually starting to work with some projects.
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