Eclipse Walkthrough

In previous blog posts, we have discussed Eclipse and how we are using this platform for our Developer Studio in the next major release of EBI.  This blog will focus on installing Eclipse, accessing its documentation, and installing a feature for Eclipse so that you become familiar with the environment for the future version of EBI Developer Studio.  Even though many link Eclipse to programming, I will focus on the non-programming aspects of Eclipse so anyone can follow along.

With that said, we will tackle installation, which will probably be the hardest part of working with Eclipse.  Download the Platform Runtime Binary using this link for your appropriate operating system (about 46 MB download).  After extracting the zip file, run the Eclipse executable.  You may get an error saying that a Java virtual machine could not be found.  If this is true, then you will need to install a Java Runtime from here.

When you launch the Eclipse executable, you will be prompted with a location for your workspace, which is where project and configuration files are stored.  Once you select the workspace location and proceed, you will receive a welcome screen.  Select the Overview link (globe) and select Workbench basics.  The Help system is opened, and you can begin reading the Workbench User Guide and completing the tutorials.  If you are just interested in skimming through the Help, I recommend reading anything on Views, Editors, Perspectives, Features, and Updating and Installing Software.

Finally, I’ll go over how to install software in Eclipse.  To obtain additional software that is not listed when you try to install new software (by going to Help – Install New Software…), visit the Eclipse Marketplace.  A simple feature to install for Eclipse is ECalculator.  Click the down arrow icon to reveal ECalculator’s update site, highlight and copy this URL to the clipboard, switch back to Eclipse, go to Help – Install New Software…, and paste this URL into the “Work with:”  dropdown and press Enter.  Click the checkbox next to ECalculator and proceed to install.  After you are prompted to restart Eclipse, you can open the ECalcualator feature by going to Window – Show View –  Other…, expand ECalculator, and select ECalculator.

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