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[eclipse-dev] Self-hosting support in PDE

Self-hosting feature previously available as a separate plug-in downloaded
from JDT page is now part of PDE. You do not need to manually install this
plug-in any more.

Some migration notes:

1) The features has been integrated, not incorporated as-is. There are some
changes. However, you will find the behaviour and interface quite similar.
2) 'Old' and 'new' selfhosting features are mutually interoperable. That
is, if you imported a number of binary projects using the old tool, you can
use the new PDE launchers to run them. Update Classpath operations in both
tools will yield similar results, with PDE version being more tolerant on
missing libraries (which will handle cases like the missing swt-pi.jar
library). Our preferred solution, of course, is to use the new version in
order to avoid duplications in the workbench (import wizards, Update
Classpath actions and launchers).
3) PDE provides two launchers ('Run-time workbench' and 'Run-time workbench
(without wizard)'). These launchers are a stop-gap measure until PDE fully
moves to launch configurations. In the mean time, run the first luncher to
get the familiar self-hosting launcher wizard and set the settings up. Once
you run it once, you can run the version without wizard. This version will
run using the stored settings previously set in the wizard. Once you run
the 'wizardless' version, you can relaunch it using F9 shortcut.
4) You can still use the old plug-in if you want to, but all defects opened
against it are diverted to PDE component and the fixes will only be made to
the integrated PDE selfhosting. So you will eventually want to move for the
sake of support of nothing else :-).


Dejan Glozic, Ph.D.
Application Development
IBM Canada Ltd.
Tel. 905 413-2745  T/L 969-2745
Fax. 905 413-4854

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