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Re: [platform-ui-dev] A very minor usability issue

Since (at least M7), you can do "File > Open External File..."
Discussion closed.


platform-ui-dev-admin@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote on 03/28/2004 03:31:30 PM:

> Phlip wrote:
> > Bob Foster wrote:
> >>Yes, of course. This is a FAQ. Who can fathom why
> >>there 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 (and/or, 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.
> Bob Foster
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