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Moving the WebObjects frameworks from a Mac to a Windows machine

The WebObjects frameworks are available on the Xcode tools, which cannot be install on a Windows (or any other Linux/UNIX variant) machine. Before developing on Windows, you need to get access on a Mac, make a archive of the frameworks and move this archive to your Windows machine. You can fetch the frameworks without having to install them on the Mac.

  • Obtain Xcode 2.5 (if you want to work with WebObjects 5.3) or Xcode 3.0 (if you want to work with WebObjects 5.4) at ADC.
  • Mount, on a Mac, the DMG file.
cp /Volumes/Xcode\ Tools/Packages/Packages/WebObjectsRuntime.pkg/Contents/Archive.pax.gz /tmp
cd /tmp
unzip Archive.pax.gz
pax -r -f Archive.pax
tar cf WebObjectsRuntime.tar Library System
cp WebObjectsRuntime.tar -> Windows

Create the file structure on your Windows machine

1) Create the structure:
C:\Apple
C:\Apple\Local\Library\Frameworks (equivalent to /Library/Frameworks on the Mac)
C:\Apple\Library\Frameworks (equivalent to /System/Library/Frameworks on the Mac)

2) Copy all the frameworks from /System/Library/Frameworks on a Mac that are named Java* except for JavaScriptCore and JavaVM to C:\Apple\Library\Frameworks

3) If you copied a 5.2, you will need to put a Windows License.key in JavaWebObjects.framework/Resources.  If you copied a 5.3, I think it's a universal license key.

4) Create a wobuild.properties file in C:\Documents and Settings\<your user>\Library with the contents:
wo.woroot=C:/Apple
wo.wolocalroot=C:/Apple/Local
wo.wosystemroot=C:/Apple
wo.homeroot=C:/Temp
eclipse.home=C:/Programs Files/eclipse
wo.dir.library.frameworks=C:/Apple/Library/Frameworks

Install Eclipse and WOLips

5) Install eclipse 3.3.1.1

6) Install WOLips nightly from http://webobjects.mdimension.com/wolips/nightly

Notes

That should be it, I think?  The things that are problematic right now on Windows:
1) The woproject/.patternset don't work quite right on Windows.  If you don't have subfolders in your Resources/Components/etc, you can work around it by converting Components///etc/* to Components/, same w/ Resources and WebServerResources
2) Couple images have backgrounds that should not
3) Outline view in component editor is not right
4) AutoOpenInBrowser doesn't work unless you override Application._isSupportedDevelopmentPlatform to return true

I THINK that was it, but there might have been a couple other misc items .. I'll have to go back through and doublecheck.

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