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Re: [ide4edu-dev] Setting up a new developer help wiki area
- From: Wayne Beaton <wayne@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 06 Apr 2010 22:39:04 -0400
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Thanks for doing this.
Miles Billsman wrote:
Great idea Cory.
I was going to suggest something similar as it has only really struck
me in the last month that a lot of things can be done through the
plugin.xml file as you have mentioned on the wiki page. If possible, I
would have liked this to have known more about this earlier.
I remember when we started , Wayne asked if we could note any things
that would help us get up to speed faster on Eclipse development. The
couple of things that I can think of are:
1. Distinguishing between an RCP app and a plugin. Especially with
regards to the out of date RCP app on the wiki page vs. the plugins
that you download when you load up the team project set. Since I had
no experience with RCP or plugins, I found it confusing trying to
figure out how these two things fit together.
2. I think I would have been more productive in the first half if I
had been leveraging the capabilities available through the plugin.xml
file. Perhaps new developers on this project should start by doing a
couple weeks of tutorials (especially ones where they have to play
with the plugin.xml) so that they get a good mental model of how the
framework is meant to work. I found myself using the information at
http://www.vogella.de/articles/RichClientPlatform/article.html a fair
bit. I’ll put that link up on the page Cory has set up.
[mailto:ide4edu-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx] *On Behalf Of *Cory Matheson
*Sent:* Friday, April 02, 2010 5:04 PM
*To:* Eclipse IDE for Education
*Subject:* [ide4edu-dev] Setting up a new developer help wiki area
I've decided to go ahead and setup an area on the wiki where we can
put general knowledge and useful tidbits of information to assist any
new developers (aka next term UCOSP) with getting up to speed with the
project (quicker if possible).
I've already started some work on it, and the URL is here:
A couple more ideas I'm considering adding are:
- A little blurb about the mailing list, and setting up BugZilla to
email you updates.
- A rough outline of the different plugins we have, and the code
within them, their purpose, etc.
- A quick overview of the structure of an RCP app (to the best of my
knowledge..) and some Eclipse conventions like IWorkspace vs.
Workspace, internal packages that we should try to avoid, and a couple
useful classes that have proven invaluable during development, etc. etc..
Anyone got any additional ideas on things to add? My hope is that the
wiki can be updated with new information and links as time goes on.
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