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icon5.gif  RSE vs. CNF? [message #901106] Thu, 09 August 2012 15:52 Go to next message
Craig Foote is currently offline Craig Foote
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We have need for a navigator-type view in our RCP and we were looking at Common Navigator Framework when we discovered Remote Systems Explorer. I have a few questions:

  1. Why was RSE not developed on top of CNF?
  2. Why would someone use RSE over CNF?
  3. Can the RSE code, e.g. local filesystem, be used in a CNF view?
  4. I believe most of our users would be baffled by all the fine options and settings in RSE, i.e. they want a Windows Explorer experience but with files/objects stored remotely. Does this sound like a fit for RSE?

Thanks,
Craig Foote
Re: RSE vs. CNF? [message #901108 is a reply to message #901106] Thu, 09 August 2012 16:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Martin Oberhuber is currently offline Martin Oberhuber
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1. RSE as it is, was written long before common navigator.
But there exists an evolution of RSE which is built on the CNF: The Target
Explorer, which is part of the TCF project. See following links for more info:
- http://dev.eclipse.org/mhonarc/lists/tcf-dev/msg00194.html
- https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/attachment.cgi?id=216961
Note that out of the box, Target Explorer only supports the TCF transport for
remote file access.

2. CNF is just a framework, RSE has more implementation / services.
Also, RSE is designed around lazy loading and caching (but the respective
frameworks are not ideal).

3. Wrapping RSE in a CNF view doesn't make sense IMO - RSE has so many direct UI
dependencies that I don't think this would work. It would make more sense to
take the RSE "services" layer only and wrap those for being used underneath
the Target Explorer.

4. There's lots of happy RSE users and I think it works reasonably well without
tuning any of the options - so unless you have any specific needs you'll likely
be happy with RSE.
Re: RSE vs. CNF? [message #901110 is a reply to message #901108] Thu, 09 August 2012 16:19 Go to previous message
Craig Foote is currently offline Craig Foote
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Thanks Martin, I really appreciate this.

Craig
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