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[Resolved] Can I run two different versions of Eclipse simultaneously? [message #1399450] Sat, 12 July 2014 16:52 Go to next message
Jim Anderson is currently offline Jim AndersonFriend
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I have been running Eclipse on Crunchbang Linux for several years now. When I upgraded from Juno to Kepler, I had some minor problems. Not too bad, but just enough to make me cautious about my next upgrade. I mostly use the Eclipse Java platform, but I have run some C/C++ apps in Kepler also. The environment is working great and I don't want to screw it up.

Recently, I have been doing a lot of web programming outside of Eclipse. In a different forum, a few developers recommended that I use Eclipse for web development too. They convinced me I should move forward with Eclipse. I found the Eclipse (WTP) Platform using DuckDuckgo and I see I have a choice:

A) Install WTP plugins
B) Install a version with WTP already included.

Because I don't want to screw up my Kepler version, option B is not a choice. So for Kepler, I must used plugins. Thats fine, but when I read the install documentation, I found it to be written in Geekspeak (no insult intend because I speak it myself, but with a different dialect).

It looks to me, the path of least resistance is to go with option A, but with the Luna version of Eclipse.

But before I do that, I want to be extra careful. I'm pretty sure that I can install Luna with java and WTP and gradually migrate my development to the new version. I want to be able to run both Kepler and Luna on my PC simultaneously.

Am I correct, that I can install and run Luna without harming the Kepler release?

Are there any precautions, other than backing everything up first?

Thanks for any advice!!

Regards,
Jim Anderson

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Re: Can I run two different versions of Eclipse simultaneously? [message #1399531 is a reply to message #1399450] Sat, 12 July 2014 20:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Russell Bateman is currently offline Russell BatemanFriend
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On 07/12/2014 10:52 AM, Jim Anderson wrote:
>
> I have been running Eclipse on Crunchbang Linux for several years now.
> When I upgraded from Juno to Kepler, I had some minor problems. Not too
> bad, but just enough to make me cautious about my next upgrade. I mostly
> use the Eclipse Java platform, but I have run some C/C++ apps in Kepler
> also. The environment is working great and I don't want to screw it up.
>
> Recently, I have been doing a lot of web programming outside of Eclipse.
> In a different forum, a few developers recommended that I use Eclipse
> for web development too. They convinced me I should move forward with
> Eclipse. I found the Eclipse (WTP) Platform using DuckDuckgo and I see I
> have a choice:
>
> A) Install WTP plugins
> B) Install a version with WTP already included.
>
> Because I don't want to screw up my Kepler version, option B is not a
> choice. So for Kepler, I must used plugins. Thats fine, but when I read
> the install documentation, I found it to be written in Geekspeak (no
> insult intend because I speak it myself, but with a different dialect).
>
> It looks to me, the path of least resistance is to go with option A, but
> with the Luna version of Eclipse.
>
> But before I do that, I want to be extra careful. I'm pretty sure that I
> can install Luna with java and WTP and gradually migrate my development
> to the new version. I want to be able to run both Kepler and Luna on my
> PC simultaneously.
>
> Am I correct, that I can install and run Luna without harming the Kepler
> release?
>
> Are there any precautions, other than backing everything up first?
>
> Thanks for any advice!!
>
> Regards,
> Jim Anderson
>

Nothing is keeping you from downloading and using a separate instance of
Eclipse that doesn't mess with the one you worry about ruining. Once you
feel comfortable with what you've tried, you can keep it or muck with
that "sacred" instance in full confidence.

Cheers.
Re: [Resolved] Can I run two different versions of Eclipse simultaneously? [message #1399541 is a reply to message #1399450] Sat, 12 July 2014 20:24 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jim Anderson is currently offline Jim AndersonFriend
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Russel,

Thank you for your advise. I will move forward. Over the years I have grown to
depend on Eclipse. Hopefully, someday I can make some money with my software
and I can support the project financially. For now, my contribution is a
sincere thank you!!

Jim
Re: [Resolved] Can I run two different versions of Eclipse simultaneously? [message #1399546 is a reply to message #1399450] Sat, 12 July 2014 20:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jim Anderson is currently offline Jim AndersonFriend
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Russel,

BTW, I'm downloading the Luna version of Eclipse now. Money is tight, but I can donate the $35 to be a friend of Eclipse. Please accept that at part of my thanks for your help.

Jim A.
Re: [Resolved] Can I run two different versions of Eclipse simultaneously? [message #1399565 is a reply to message #1399546] Sat, 12 July 2014 21:17 Go to previous message
Russell Bateman is currently offline Russell BatemanFriend
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Location: Provo, Utah, USA
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On 07/12/2014 02:32 PM, Jim Anderson wrote:
>
> Russel,
>
> BTW, I'm downloading the Luna version of Eclipse now. Money is tight,
> but I can donate the $35 to be a friend of Eclipse. Please accept that
> at part of my thanks for your help.
>
> Jim A.

I'm just like you, a consumer of Eclipse, not from Eclipse. I'm sure the
Foundation is happy for the donation. You can also give back by hanging
in the forum(s) and answering questions, by writing useful plug-ins for
value-add software, participating in projects and in other ways. See the
new eclipse.org website where I think these things have been made
clearer. Look under the MORE link.

Best of luck.

Russ
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