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That plugin is part of the WindowBuilder development environment and should not be part of your plugin dependencies (that is not added by WB to your dependencies).

It would not have any effect on this issue either way. I am guessing that you have something else that is broken in your non-working environment.
11 years ago

Galen Benson wrote:I assume the 3rd edition is just as good as the second.

It's much better!

Tina Coleman wrote:Does the new book go into utilizing p2 from within applications?


Max Galushka wrote:Does new book discover of creating custom extentions and extention points for user plugins?

Chapter 17 is devoted to that.

Max Galushka wrote:And are there some code samples for the book to look into?


Marcin Skrzek wrote:Can you reveal, if Appendix A.1. called "Plugins" contains the list similar to the EclipsePluginCentral list or there are any new intresting plugins listed.

We only list a few plugins...ones tht we have created plus a few other key plugins that we recommend.

EPiC has the definitive list of all plugins.

Marcin Skrzek wrote:what are "RFRS Considerations" subchapters, which occur in some chapters along the table of contents of the book?

Thise discuss "Ready for Rational Software" requirements and best practices needed for RFRS certification (important for commercial plugins).

Marcin Skrzek wrote:I`m curious to know if Chapter 4 gives knowledge about building standalone SWT applications or this is only about using SWT in building plugins?

Chaptr 4 would help you with both.

Marcin Skrzek wrote:How much the book gives universal knowledge, if any? If Eclipse 3.5 or higher occurs, will most of rules, API, etc. of plugin development stay the same or there will be potentially totally different stuff to learn?

The differences between Eclipse 3.4 and 3.5 at this point are minimal and unlikely to affect any of the book content.

That will likely change when Eclipse 4.0 comes out in 2010. We will do a 4th edition for that.
Our book does cover how to create update sites, but not in enough detail to tell you how to do what you want. I'm not sure I even know how to do that off the top of my head.

The new p2 tooling in Eclipse 3.4 does do this in a generic sense, so you could probably look at its source and adapt it to your specific needs.

roger schildmeijer wrote:Is the book covering anything concerning unit testing when developing eclipse plug-ins or building an rcp application?

Yes and yes. Testng plugins is covered and almost everything in the book would apply to building an RCP application (which are built using plugins).

Muttin Fish wrote:From reading the description of the book, I gather that this book may be the way for me to go. Am I correct in my understanding that this book would cover just about everything I would need to know to develop a high quality plug-in for Python development in Eclipse? Another question that comes to mind is: (assuming I am starting from a plug-in beginner's point of view) Is this a book that I should expect to need to read all 818 or so pages before starting any real plug-in development of my own? Or is it more of the style where the basics are covered, and then specifics can be referenced from the text as the need for them arises in my own development?

Our book would certainly cover a great deal of what you would need, but there are many advanced topics that we don't cover. Fortunately, the Eclipse source provides a wealth of examples of how to do just about anything.

I would say that once you get through chapter 8, you should be in petty good shape, and that the rest could be read as needed.

Mike Dean wrote:I have both previous editions - does this new edition provide more coverage of RCP development issues?

Hard to say. Plugin development is basically a subset of RCP development, so pretty much the whole book applies to RCP development as well.

For issue specific to RCP apps only, the companion RCP book is highly recommended.

Neil Hainer wrote:I believe you developed a commercial tool that aids in RCP/Plug-in development. Can you mention what benefits the tool offers?

Our RCP Developer product is composed of three major components:

1) SWT Designer - full featured, award winning GUI builder for SWT, JFace and RCP (available separately).

2) WindowTester - record/playback GUI testing tool for SWT, RCP & GEF based UIs (available separately).

3) Help Composer - create and edit Eclipse help books

Fred Muhlenberg wrote:The table of contents lists a lot of subsections with the title RFRS Considerations.
Does this mean that the eclipse plugin being written could be included within (or migrated to) some Rationale application suite?

"Ready for Rational Software" is a certification program for Eclipse plugins intended to be sold to IBM customers.

It consists of hundreds of Eclipse plugin best practices that are useful for any plugin.

Felipe Requeno wrote:Do you teach how to build an Eclipse plugin from the scratch with a practical example in your Book?

Yes. That is the entire goal of the book.