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Re: [ide-dev] Resource Management thoughts

Hi Doug,


You can drag-and-drop to add files to a project today.


The project will ask whether you want to copy the file, or link to it.

When you drag a folder, it will ask whether you want to copy, or link to it, or create a virtual folder and link to the files underneath.

Serge Beauchamp had created some nice videos about this on his blog:


Regarding “Solutions as Files”, see my other E-Mail and



IMO the way how Eclipse ties Preferences to a workspace is a problem with this, but I might be wrong.

The bug has several good ideas and a lot background.





Martin Oberhuber, SMTS / Product Architect – Development Tools, Wind River

direct +43.662.457915.85  fax +43.662.457915.6


From: ide-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ide-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Doug Schaefer
Sent: Friday, September 13, 2013 4:02 PM
To: Discussions about the IDE
Subject: Re: [ide-dev] Resource Management thoughts


Cool. I forgot about the virtual folders. And with resource links and exclusions, it should be possible to create projects that match the original IDE. We would just need a good UI to manage them, like being able to Add a file to a project.


That leaves "Solutions", which is essentially a file based way to manage the contents of the Workspace. To match the workflow, we need to be able to open a "Solution" and have all the projects in that solution get loaded into the workspace. But you also want to be able to add and remove projects and save that "Solution" back to the file system. Maybe working sets can play a role here by making them persistent to the file system so one could check it into source control.




From: Wim Jongman <wim.jongman@xxxxxxxxx>
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Date: Friday, 13 September, 2013 6:33 AM
To: Discussions about the IDE <ide-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [ide-dev] Resource Management thoughts


we also have to concept of working sets


On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 11:03 AM, Daniel Megert <daniel_megert@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Some of this should be possible using virtual folders.


From:        Doug Schaefer <dschaefer@xxxxxxx>
To:        "ide-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx" <ide-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date:        12.09.2013 22:34
Subject:        [ide-dev] Resource Management thoughts
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Hey gang,

As an early part of e4, we talked about flexible resources as a thing. In particular, coming from other IDEs, it's pretty frustrating that Eclipse doesn't have the concept of "Solution"s, to steal the Visual Studio term, or projects that have a mapping from physical file to virtual folder layout you'd see in the project navigator.

Now, this comes up since I just ran into it. One of our developers just added a new plug-in and when I did a git pull, I ended up with lots of errors because I forgot to import that plug-in. Luckily I had a head up to know it was coming and I've seen this happen so many times, I know where to go look.

In another activity, I'm also looking at how we'd import projects from other IDEs into Eclipse, something that the CDT community has desired for quite some time. And that's made harder because the projects in those IDEs look a lot different than Eclipse because of this virtual mapping.

Question: is this a need you've seen as well. Should we reopen the flexible resources so we can do this right, assuming the capabilities aren't there (which I have a feeling some of this was done but not publicized well).


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