|Re: [platform-ui-dev] A very minor usability issue|
Bob Foster wrote:Yes, of course. This is a FAQ. Who can fathom whythere is no File Open command? It seems as obvious as daylight to those who have used non-IBM IDEs, but that's an ingrown culture for you.Here's the gap: To open a file Eclipse did not spawn, one must copy files (with the correct project-specific extensions) into ones project's folder. Then one must use the Resource view, raise the Context Menu (the "right" mouse button), and click Refresh. Only an advanced programmer could stumble across this particular scenario, going purely from "open a file". But it requires knowing how programmers typically use folders (one per project module, and only for that module). So opening a pre-existing file does indeed require an ingrown culture.
Not sure what point you're making. It should not be necessary that a file be in a project to open it with File > Open.
If you're saying its a PITA to get an existing file into a project, yes.The whole Project/Resource thing has always seemed to me to be an excellent example of design that does not emerge from the problem. If Eclipse had started off using java.io.File (and/or java.net.URL), File > Open would be a non-issue, it would be considerably easier to adapt existing code to Eclipse, classpaths could be dealt with directly, etc.
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