Thursday, June 24, 2010

Eclipse Marketplace in Eclipse Helios

Eclipse Helios is out, it's time to check some of the new features. Helios comes with a new system to manage plugins even more easily than before : the Eclipse Marketplace. Gathering softwares, third-party tools, plugins, etc... and making them easily accessible is becoming a trend these recent years. Android Market, iPhone App Store, you name it.

Until Eclipse Galileo, the easiest way to install plugins was to :
1. Search for the plugin on Internet (by using the Eclipse Plugin Central for example)
2. Get the Update Site URL to be used in Eclipse's Update Manager
3. Go to Eclipse Update Manager, register the plugin host using the Update Site URL
4. Follow the instructions to install the plugin

Now, with the Eclipse Marketplace, no need to leave Eclipse :

1. Access the Eclipse Marketplace via the Help menu
2. Search for the plugin by entering some relevant keywords
3. Click the Install button of the plugin
4. Follow the instructions to install the plugin

I needed to use SubVersion on my freshly installed Helios. Let's see what the Eclipse Marketplace looks like and how easy it is to install plugins.

1. Access the Eclipse Marketplace via the Help menu.


2. Search for the plugin by entering some relevant keywords.


3. Click the Install button of the plugin (I chose Subversive).


4. Follow the instructions to install the plugin, and restart Eclipse. The Subversive plugin is now listed in the Installed tab of the Eclipse Marketplace.


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