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Opening random file in Eclipse/IDEA

Warren Dew
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Is there a way to open a miscellaneous source file using Eclipse, or does it have to be added to a project first?

Using IDEA?
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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I don't think you can do this in Eclipse, but you can do it easily in IDEA -- just File | Open .


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Jeanne Boyarsky
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Warren,
In Eclipse, everything has to belong to a project. It doesn't necessarily have to be a Java Project, but it has to be a project.


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Warren Dew
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So where were you guys when I posted this thread?

Seriously, thanks. I may still be able to switch. (And there are a few other little glitches I've found with Eclipse that I didn't care for....)
Ilja Preuss
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Mhhh, my Eclipse 3.0 installation has a File->Open External File menu entry...


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Jeanne Boyarsky
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Ilja,
Cool feature in Eclipse 3.0. I need to download it one of these days!

Does Eclipse save the file in it's external location after editing?
Ilja Preuss
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Originally posted by Jeanne Boyarsky:

Does Eclipse save the file in it's external location after editing?


I suspect it does. Didn't try it yet, though.
 
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