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Re: [ide-dev] IDE working group questions

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.

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 Eclipse.

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 merged.

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.

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