The birt report item is finally released so everyone can take advantage of it when designing report – check the details on this page.
1.1.0 release includes:
dependency lines to from feature to included feature
unique feature names, includes the feature ID’
new code repository and update site so please update using updatesite http://svn.codespot.com/a/eclipselabs.org/plugination/updatesite/
1.0.8 release includes:
Exclusion filter to remove unwanted features from the view (uses featurename string.contains )
Double click listeners to the view, and the features, plugins on the right, which will open the manifest.mf or feature.xml
Reset layout command to reset the layout if it gets messed up.
Fixed null pointer when having closed projects in the workspace
Give it 2 minutes
When ever I find a new plugin/framework I usually give it max. 2 minutes, if I do not get what it tries to accomplish I will not waste more time on it.
So separating plugins/frameworks into easy to understand, easy to use components is the most important factor for the success of that plugin/framework.
Xstream is a great example (http://xstream.codehaus.org)
The first section you see is The “About XStream”, and the text says “XStream is a simple library to serialize objects to XML and back again.” VERY easy to understand VERY short and VERY to the point. Not confusing the hell out of me with long paragraphs about how cool this tool is and what it can do for you – or details on the internal implementation of it… JUST short and to the point. The next thing I look for is a short 2-10 min tutorial if they have one. They happen to have a 2 minutes tutorial (http://xstream.codehaus.org/tutorial.html) so within 5 minutes time, I not only understand what they are trying to accomplish but also have “seen” it in action. LOVE IT!!!
Download and run/use it
After my 2 minutes “intro” I decide to either leave it if I do not get it or move on and read more or maybe even download it. If I cannot find any 2-10 min tutorials then I usually download it to see if they have any cool examples included with the download. If the download is not organized in a way that I can easily understand or easily get something out of then I must admit then I drop it again and go back to Google to look for other plug-ins/frameworks.
So to summarize, the way I see it. A lightweight framework that no one knows… yet … needs to appeal to users by making sure they quickly get the point, in other words.
1) Tell me what you can do for me.
2) Show me how it can be used.
3) Make it short and precise.
There must be many more rules that should be in this list so please post your thoughts!
We love Eclipse – both as a IDE and as a platform to base software products upon. This project is based upon the RCP platform, to build applications upon.
What we like in particular:
- SWT gives a responsive UI, and JFace leverages it even further.
- No need to provide boiler-plate code for handling selections, help content, menus etc.
- Eclipse is open source.
What we dislike:
- No lightweight event system, to leverage your POJO-based Java model.
- No transaction system to provide lightweight transaction support for simple method interaction with POJO-based Java models.
- No lightweight approach to handling Undo/Redo operations.
- No super-high-level abstractions for creating simple UI constructs.
Where do we fit in:
Basicly…. we provide (or at least attempt to provide) the bits we consider missing in the Eclipse RCP Platform. Oh, and we provide it free of charge – giving you an opportunity to lend us a hand if you’re up to it.
Who are you guys?
We’re Java software developers working in the field of Eclipse RCP developing, with 6+ years of experience in the Eclipse/RCP fields and 10+ years of experience in Java development.
Catch you around the web.
Best regards, Mikkel & Anders