Add the ability to write plugins using jruby or groovy.

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This project is part of Google Summer of Code 2007, project link is here.

Student: Anton Arhipov

Blog: http://arhipov.blogspot.com

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About

Scripting language like Groovy (or JRuby) is an ideal choice for Java developer to do quick prototyping. The biggest benefit of Eclipse support for Groovy plug-in development is that while changing the plug-in on-the-fly there's no need to start a separate Eclipse instance or restart the IDE when something was changed in the code. This would rapidly improve the speed of lightweight plug-in development.

This project aims to add ability to write plugins in JVM-based scripting language, like Groovy and JRuby. But it could be a starting point for any other JVM scripting language, like BeanShell or Jython.

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Glass.gif Needs some investigation
Progress.gif Patch in progress
Ok green.gif Bug fixed / Feature added

Status/Timeline

Progress.gif Implementation of runtime engine to run the scripts. I will use javax.scripting API for this purpose.

Glass.gif How to attach an action, that is implemented using a scripting language (Groovy or JRuby), to an eclipse button or menu

Glass.gif How the dependencies (OSGi bundles), that are used by a script, will be handled by the engine

Deliverables

The main results to be reached:

- An Eclipse extension/plug-in to (re)load (Groovy/JRuby) scripts on the fly.

- Command line console support to modify and change the program behavior interactively. This could look like in case Apache Derby ij plug-in