|Re: [ Xpand ] Alternative of WorkflowRunner.run [message #1081807 is a reply to message #1078211]
||Wed, 07 August 2013 18:18
| Miles Parker
Registered: July 2009
I think Adnan has a question that begs more than a "figure it out for yourself" kind of answer. Because I've been working with Xpand for more than five years now, and though I've built a couple of frameworks that actually do this magic, it's still not clear to me how to cleanly execute an arbitrary workflow against an arbitrary file from within a running Eclipse instance without going through a lot of machinations with class loaders and various hacks. It seems to me that this has to be one of the major potential use cases for Xpand. I've been wanting to demo some very basic Xpand capabilities to folks I work with, and wanting to start from a clean sheet, I have spent the better part of a day trying to get this to work, using both mwe and mwe2 workflows and all sorts of combinations of runtime environments.
Not only are there not any clear recipes for what should be a very simple thing to do, there are still significant long-standing blockers. (See e.g. https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=318721) not to mention capability to bork your running Eclipse instance.. http://www.eclipse.org/forums/index.php/mv/msg/170632/542911/#msg_542911.
So, just my opinion, but I think we need a better recipe here!
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