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Re: [equinox-dev] [prov] p2 / browser integration

Forgot to mention some simple approaches we could also consider for the UpdateManager:

1. The UI could detect a standard http:// site or feature URL on the clipboard, or allow the user to paste it easily into the main UM dialog without forcing them to "Add Remote Site..."

or even better,

2. The UI could allow links to be drag and dropped from the browser, into the main Eclipse workbench or the UM, kicking off the install. Providing sample "Eclipse package, drag to install" graphics for use on the web could make this more intuitive.

(Susan, I haven't looked at the new UI yet, so please forgive me if some of this is no longer applicable)

-Brett

Jeff McAffer wrote:

I agree that forcing people to browse via Elcipse is unfortunate. It will address some of the usecases but not all.


As for XPI, I'm not sure we need to define some new packaging. We have the p2 stuff so all we really need to do is give p2 enough data that is knows what it is to install. In theory this could be as simple as the ID and version of an IU. p2 does the rest based on the current settings etc of the agent. XPI seemed like overkill in our situation.

Jeff



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Hi,

* Chris Aniszczyk <zx@xxxxxxxxxx> [2007-10-23 10:36]:
 > If you use the Eclipse browser to browse download sites or something
 > like EPIC

While I completely agree that we need some easy method of installing and
that it would be ideal to do so from a web browser, wouldn't this
solution require one to basically do all of their browsing from within
Eclipse?

As hard as it will be, I think native handlers are the way to go here.
I'd love to be proven wrong, though, because I know how difficult it
will be -- especially with multiple running Eclipse instances.

Andrew
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