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Specifically the "Long Story" steps and screenshots which are form 3.3 installation and are not exactly the same for 3.4

Short Story

  • Requirements
    • System Requirements: Eclipse 3.4.2 (NOT 3.5 - see below)
    • Java 1.5 or greater (not Java 1.4)

Eclipse 3.5

There is a build of WOLips for Eclipse 3.5, but it is currently unstable and should only be used by people that don't mind things not working correctly. Plugin URL for Eclipse 3.5: http://webobjects.mdimension.com/wolips/eclipse_3_5

Long Story

The first requirement for installing WOLips is that you have Eclipse. It is recommended that you install Eclipse 3.4.2 to use WOLips. To install Eclipse, go to the Eclipse 3.4.2 Download Site and download (Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers recommended) the build that matches your operating system and uncompress it.

To avoid weird behavior, the complete path to the Eclipse executable must have NO spaces in it. Probably wise to ensure likewise with your workspace directory path. Your workspace should not include dashes either. You have been warned! (smile)

1. Launch the Eclipse application.


2. The first window that will appear on a new installation of Eclipse is the workspace folder selection dialog. Your workspace is the folder that will contain all of your active projects along with the metadata Eclipse requires to maintain the projects.


3. The first time you launch Eclipse, you will be taken to the Welcome screen. You can review the Welcome content if you would like. When you are finished, select the "Workbench" icon on the right side, as pictured below. After this there is a small pane in the lower right status bar, where you can look up the Welcome screen again.


4. First, let's verify that you're running Eclipse with Java 5. Go to the "Eclipse" menu, and select "About Eclipse SDK"


5. On the About dialog, choose "Configuration Details"


6. Scroll down until you find "java.vm.version" and verify that it is listed as some variant of 1.5.x (the exact version is not important)


7. If it is not, you will need to change your default Java VM to be Java 5 (see Apple's instructions for this), or you will need to modify the Info.plist inside the Eclipse.app to tell it to open with only Java 5. If Eclipse is running in 1.5, then close the dialogs back out to the main Eclipse window and proceed.


8. Currently you have a stock Eclipse installation which will allow you to do normal Java development, but it does not contain any of the WOLips plugins, so you will not have any of the WebObjects development tools. To begin your WOLips installation, go to the Help=>Software Updates=>Find and Install ... menu item.


9. Select "Search for new features to install" and click "Next"


10. The next dialog you get to shows the list of update sites that are available in your Eclipse install. The first time you go through this process, you will need to create the Remote Install site that points to the WOLips server. After the initial install, you can skip this step and just select the already existing WOLips site instead. To continue, select "New Remote Site" on the right hand side.


11. In the New Update Site dialog, enter "WOLips" as the name, and as the URL http://webobjects.mdimension.com/wolips/stable and click OK.


12. You should now be returned to the list of install sites with your new Remote Install Site selected. Click "Finish" to continue.


13. Expand the WOLips folder and select only Standard Install. Leave the other options until you are more familiar with Eclipse and WOLips and decide that you need them. Other WOLips Install Options


14. This next dialog contains the license agreements for the selected features. After reviewing the agreements (you DO review your license agreements, right?? (smile) ), select "I accept the terms in this license agreement". Selecting this radio button will accept the license agreements for all of the features listed. Click "Next" to continue.


15. The dialog you are presented with shows a review of the features you selected. Click "Finish" to continue.


16. Eclipse will now download the features and plugins that you requested.


17. Once the download is complete, Eclipse will present you with the installation confirmation for each feature. The easiest option is to just select "Install All," though you can review each one individually if you would like.


18. More of the waiting game, though it should be quicker than the download.


19. Eclipse will need to be restarted for the WOLips plugins to be available.


That's it! You now have all of the WOLips features installed in your Eclipse. Continue to the Create a new WO Application tutorial to learn more about using WOLips' capabilities. You can also Access the WOLips User Guide or explore additional Useful Eclipse Plugins.

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