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Check out Eclipse WST

posted under category: CFEclipse on August 4, 2005 at 1:00 am by MrNate

Looking for that perfect companion to CFEclipse? Something to edit your html, javascript, css, xml, xsl and sql? (and who of us doesn't need at least some of that?) You need to check out the Eclipse Web Standard Tools project.

WST is actually just a subproject of the much larger Web Tools Platform project, which, in turn, is a subproject of the Eclipse Platform.

Version 0.7 was just released on Tuesday. I've got it running and so far it looks good.

Now, how do you install it? WARNING: large downloading ahead.

The easy way if you aren't an eclipse user yet, is to download the whole WTP all-in-one zip file. It will give you Eclipse, all the prerequisites and the WST. Just add CFEclipse and you're set.

Those of us using Eclipse already will have to work a bit more, but download less (as long as you're already on Eclipse 3.1). Open Eclipse's built-in updating tools to download the prerequisites. It's under Help > Software Updates > Find and Install, then choose "Search for new features to install" and check mark the update site. I noticed E3.1 gives you a list of mirrors (yay), In the US, I recommend the TDS mirror. On the features screen, check mark these: emf-sdo-xsd-SDK-2.1.0, GEF-SDK-3.1, and JEM-SDK-1.1. Finish the install and Eclipse will restart.

In the meantime, go to the Web Tools download page and grab the platform runtime zip. Unzip it into the matching folders of your current eclipse setup and start Eclipse.

I'm sure I make it sound harder than it really is. I'll make sure to update my CFE resources page soon to recommend this instead of the old sourceforge JS & CSS editors.

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On Aug 5, 2005 at 1:00 AM William from Nigeria (big_willey, visiting us from said:

I was wondering how CFEclipse can be made to be my default editor of CFML or CFC files. In the sense that, once I doubleclick on a CFC or CFML file, CFEclipse launches and opens the file.

On Aug 6, 2005 at 1:00 AM Nathan Strutz ( said:
You can find Spike's Filesystem Plugin on his blog. It has its own category so you can find it easily, but here's a direct link:

On Aug 9, 2005 at 1:00 AM Jonas ( said:
Thanks for the information of how to get the editors working!

On Nov 18, 2005 at 1:00 AM Phil ( said:
The web tools stuff has preference info for color coding (in particular for javascript files) but when I open a javascript file in an exisitng project (which was created before installing the WT) it's just black text on a white background. How can I get the coloring to kick in? I tried adding a file type association in the Editors section of prefs, but no luck. Thoughts?

On Nov 18, 2005 at 1:00 AM Phil ( said:
What do you know? I figured it out. There were two editors selected in the file associations section for .js. I made the JavaScript Editor the defaut. Voila!

On Jan 11, 2006 at 1:00 AM Dan Wilson ( said:
I noticed the information for downloading and setting up the WST for existing eclipse users has changed.

Explicitly the directions mentioning 'emf-sdo-xsd-SDK-2.1.0' are confusing as that is not an option visible, as far as I can tell.

You do a great job getting the word out about CFeclipse and I recommend your site as The Resource for assistance. I just want to do my part to help keep the information as clear and up to date as possible.

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