I see no point in voting or opening new bugs. No number of votes will fix 7 y.o. bug. Eclipse bug tracker is becoming not unlike those pointless online petition sites.
At the very least, .project should not be put into that folder, there are probably other issues as well. It is possible to implement (I wouldn't be surprised if some Eclipse-based products already have that) - but impossible to get accepted to the mainline. Opening a bug will not solve this.
1. Inability to handle unknown file types. General-purpose
editors (e.g. Sublime) will open any file type as text file and
provide fairly easy means (e.g. not requiring PDE experience) to
setup syntax highlight, brackets matching, etc. Eclipse simply
pops open a "system editor" (e.g. Xcode, web browser or Visual
Studio) which is incredibly irritating and slow.
You should add your comment and your vote to that bug:
, and also
create a new bug to ask a property to select behaviour for unknow
file types: open system editor, or open default text editor in
Default text editor needs to be augmented to compete with popular lightweight editors. Or should become pluggable. Neither can happen as it requires changes in Platform.
2. Inability to work with non-workspace files. The only way
in Eclipse is by using that menu item - while other editors can
"open" a folder and then provide features like Eclipse "Open
Resource…". In Eclipse it is not possible to use Git
integration, Open Resource and such.
You should either open a bug to request that "Import directory as
project" or "New Project from existing directory". Please come back
with a link when you're done, that's actually something that I miss
too, and that is probably not-that-difficult to implement and get
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