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How Can I Tell if a Plug-In is on my Computer - Thus Available to Eclipse [message #1691225] Fri, 03 April 2015 14:55 Go to next message
Regina Litman is currently offline Regina LitmanFriend
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I'm trying to follow along with an online class using Eclipse. The class is using Apache Tomcat. 2 laptops ago (soon to be 3), I had Tomcat on my computer for something that was planned for me to do, but it was then decided to keep me in the IBM mainframe COBOL world.

At this company, we are not allowed to install things ourselves, a policy I wholly support and observe. My environment is Windows 7. How can tell if I have Apache Tomcat installed on my computer? (What I have already done, without success in finding Apache Tomcat: (1) Searched in "Search programs and files" under the Start Menu. (2) Scrolled through the programs listed in "Programs and Features" in the Control Panel.)

While I have your attention, how can I find out if I have File Utils from the Apache Commons Project? This was in a video I studied yesterday.

Thanks in advance for any help that anyone can give me here.


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Re: How Can I Tell if a Plug-In is on my Computer - Thus Available to Eclipse [message #1691249 is a reply to message #1691225] Fri, 03 April 2015 21:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Russell Bateman is currently offline Russell BatemanFriend
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On 04/03/2015 08:55 AM, Regina Litman wrote:
> I'm trying to follow along with an online class using Eclipse. The class
> is using Apache Tomcat. 2 laptops ago (soon to be 3), I had Tomcat on my
> computer for something that was planned for me to do, but it was then
> decided to keep me in the IBM mainframe COBOL world.
>
> At this company, we are not allowed to install things ourselves, a
> policy I wholly support and observe. My environment is Windows 7. How
> can tell if I have Apache Tomcat installed on my computer? (What I have
> already done, without success in finding Apache Tomcat: (1) Searched in
> "Search programs and files" under the Start Menu. (2) Scrolled through
> the programs listed in "Programs and Features" in the Control Panel.)
>
> While I have your attention, how can I find out if I have File Utils
> from the Apache Commons Project? This was in a video I studied yesterday.
>
> Thanks in advance for any help that anyone can give me here.

If you're not allowed to "install things" yourself, then it's hard to
imagine you doing much development. Development isn't a static thing
anymore.

For instance, when you do a build using Maven, it's going to download
new JARs (libraries) to your repository potentially every time you build
(although, in practice, libraries like Apache Commons don't update that
often, but out of maybe 20 libraries you're consuming for a decent-sized
application, you could easily be in need of downloading something
new/updated every few days).

If you're just building using Eclipse and rather more static libraries,
you still have to download those libraries (like Apache Commons and a
good dozen other Apache libraries will quickly follow upon those heels
and then many more besides depending on what you're doing). You will be
wearying your IT folk with endless requests to permit the download of
yet another library, or component such as Tomcat, one after another over
the development cycle.

So, how to tell you've got Tomcat installed on your Windows box?

I'm not a Windows guy, but I would suggest going going to Start Menu,
then that Find command in the menu (don't remember the name and don't
have Windows 7, but it's a very useful command) and look for "tomcat".
That will probably turn something up if it's there. In particular, if
it's an actual Tomcat, you'll see a subdirectory named webapps which is
where you drop the WAR file you build your application into.

Hope this helps,
Re: How Can I Tell if a Plug-In is on my Computer - Thus Available to Eclipse [message #1691816 is a reply to message #1691249] Thu, 09 April 2015 20:55 Go to previous message
Regina Litman is currently offline Regina LitmanFriend
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Thanks for your reply. I'm getting assistance on this from my employer.

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