My Adobe Flex machinations from the last 15th and the last 13th of this month caused me to reevaluate my eclipse strategy. The new Europa release under the Web Standards Tools Project 2.0.x is a great start and only needs the PHP Development Tools of the PDT Project to get me positioned for my Flex-related eclipse tweaks. So to summarize my âbase packageâ from the eclipse foundation is this:
- Web Tools Platform All-In-One Package:
- PDT Runtime:
org.eclipse.php_feature-1.0-R20070917.zip(1.0 Release Build: R20070917)
Note that I elect to download the packages instead of using the Update Manager because the Update Manager is not complimented with an uninstall feature (or eclipse cannot be automatically ârolled backâ to previous states). This lack means that I am forced to turn to the file system to manage eclipseâso why not be there from jump?
And speaking of the eclipse file system, these are my important notes about eclipse filing conventions:
- What eclipse calls a âWorkspaceâ is a folder used to store Project metadata and resources. (It is important to remember that the Resource Perspective is the default Perspective in eclipseânot a Java Perspectiveâthis information will come in handy for my Flex2 projects.) In my (other) world of Microsoft Visual Studio, the âSolutionâ is the equivalent of the eclipse âWorkspace.â Both of these constructs provide a grouping container for the Project.
- One of the most important Project metadata folders is (in Linux) the
.metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.core.runtime/.settingsfolder under the given workspace. Here, most of the
*.prefsfiles are keptâwhere the most detailed of my editor settings are kept.
- The File > Import > Select an import source: Existing Projects into Workspace command simply copies a project from an âexternalâ location into the active Workspace folder. Open the File > New > ProjectâŚ > Wizards: General folder and select Project to generate a Resource Project.
- See âeclipse 3.x SDK (WTP): Editing the Recent Workspaces List for the Select a Workspace Dialog.â
Now, for the Flex tweaks (this is based on the assumption that you have downloaded the free Flex2 SDK from Adobe):
- Do not use the ASDT plug-in until it fully supports ActionScript 3.0! Use the EclipseColorer plugin instead! I really canât use any more exclamation marks on this one! The EclipseColorer plugin supports ActionScript!
- Configure eclipse to recognize
*.mxmlas an XML type. See âSetting up Eclipse for Flexââyou might need to pick up the schema for Content Assist at falkensweb.com.
- Install flex2ant to automate builds against the Flex2 SDK from Adobe.
- Use the default Resource Perspective type for open source Flex2 projects in eclipse! See the picture at right for a view toward this practice.
- Add the
*.swffile association to the Web Browser under Window > PreferencesâŚ > General > Editors > File Associations. When you find this unsatisfying, something like flashout might help.
- Unfortunately, I am unable to toggle spellchecking on and off without going deep into the PreferencesâŚ dialog.
When you switch from the Resource Perspective to the PHP Perspective you might see red squares instead of recognizable file icons for
*.as files. When you go to the file system (again) to check the
.log file you might see stuff like this:
!ENTRY org.eclipse.php.ui 4 10001 2007-11-20 00:18:03.330 !MESSAGE Image data not available: URLImageDescriptor(bundleentry://509/icons/full/obj16/jcu_resource_obj.gif)
For several hours I assumed that this error came from me uninstalling ASDT and breaking something. This error came up again for me with a clean install! This âforcedâ me to make a new
flex workspace, separate from the
Download my first framework Flex2 sample for eclipse at SonghaySystem.com.
The Dayâs Table of eclipse/Flex Resources
|âGetting Friendly with Eclipse Workspacesâ||
Darron Schall writes, âI canât believe I didnât know about this 2 years ago.â
This article (and the comments) introduces me to the ongoing âcontroversyâ among eclipse people about Working Sets vs. Workspaces.
|âUpgrading Eclipseâ||Peter Hendriks is basically telling me that one really canât upgrade eclipse.|
|âEclipse: Managing Multiple Eclipse Installationsâ||This article delves into the possibilities after one realizes eclipse is not upgradeable.|
|âCompiling Flex Applications in Eclipseâ||This is the Todd Sharp article that introduced me to flex2ant.|
|âSetting Up Eclipse For Flex 2â||This is the Todd Sharp article that told me where to find the MXML schemaâsince it is no longer available from Adobe.|
|âTutorial: Beginners Guide to Getting Started with AS3 (Without Learning Flex)â||This is the article that let me really know the flex compiler better than ever. You donât have to agree to not âlearning flexâ to read this article.|