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Check out Eclipse WST

posted under category: CFEclipse on August 4, 2005 by Nathan

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.

Nathan is a software developer at The Boeing Company in Charleston, SC. He is essentially a big programming nerd. Really, you could say that makes him a nerd among nerds. Aside from making software for the web, he plays with tech toys and likes to think about programming's big picture while speaking at conferences and generally impressing people with massive nerdiness and straight-faced sarcastic humor. Nathan got his programming start writing batch files in DOS. It should go without saying, but these thought and opinions have nothing to do with Boeing in any way.
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