Eclipse Software Configuration

So, I’ve finally jumped onto the Eclipse IDE bandwagon.  I found it has very nice (and free!) plugins available, esp. for web authoring.

I was specifically looking for a nice PHP editing pluging.  So I found the plugin from the PHP company, Zend.  It is called PDT.  Instead of downloading the PDT-all-in-one package (which is basically a complete Eclipse installation with PDT plugin added), I decided I’ll rather use the Eclipse update manager.   In theory, one just points the update manager to the update / download URL of the plugin you are interested in and it takes care of the rest.  In theory.

Problem is this:  Many of the plugins/packages depend on many other packages and the update manager is not clever enough to figure out where to get the dependencies for each package (and in turn, their dependencies!).  So now each time the update manager bitches about a missing dependency, you have to locate the download link for that dependency, add it to the update manager list of download locations and hope the newly added dependency doesn’t have dependency issues of its own!

Tres irritating.  I’ve also found that some of the packages that you download in zip format and not via the update manager; clobber some of the core jar files and then screw up my existing core eclipse installation.  Not cool.

It would be nice if the Eclipse update manager could work like the Debian package manager ‘apt’ which resolves dependencies as needed.


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