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Convert RCP to normal plug-in? [message #550726] Wed, 04 August 2010 08:31 Go to next message
Greg Cottman is currently offline Greg CottmanFriend
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Registered: July 2009
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I want to develop a self-contained application that can be deployed as a single perspective on a user's Eclipse workbench. Something that would be used by developers, but doesn't need to interact with the Java desktop or anything else. I don't want to run it as a standalone application.

Testing the plug-in is a real pain because it takes ages to launch a full-blown instance of Eclipse. Launching the plug-in as an RCP application is much faster.

Can you develop it as an RCP app and then deploy it as a normal plug-in?

Alternatively, is there any quicker way of launching the plug-in as an Eclipse application?
Re: Convert RCP to normal plug-in? [message #551508 is a reply to message #550726] Fri, 06 August 2010 18:08 Go to previous message
Shawn Spiars is currently offline Shawn SpiarsFriend
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Greg Cottman wrote:
> I want to develop a self-contained application that can be deployed as a
> single perspective on a user's Eclipse workbench. Something that would
> be used by developers, but doesn't need to interact with the Java
> desktop or anything else. I don't want to run it as a standalone
> application.
>
> Testing the plug-in is a real pain because it takes ages to launch a
> full-blown instance of Eclipse. Launching the plug-in as an RCP
> application is much faster.
You must have a bloated version of Eclipse that is pre-loading plug-ins,
instead of allowing them to lazy load.
>
> Can you develop it as an RCP app and then deploy it as a normal plug-in?
Yes. When you run it as a normal workbench plug-in you will be running
the application org.eclipse.ui.ide.workbench. When you run it as an RCP
app you will run your branded RCP product or application.
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