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Setting Up Corona Development Environment

Corona's development environment is based upon the Eclipse PDE/IDE. All of Corona's server-side components are either OSGi Bundles or Eclipse Plug-ins.

  • It is assumed the you are familiar with Eclipse IDE, Subversion, etc...
  • The following steps should be performed in a new workspace

Step 1: Download Eclipse PDE/IDE

If you do not already have an Eclipse PDE/IDE installed, download and install the following:

Step 2: Setup Subversion

Corona's source repository is managed by Subversion. You will need to install the Eclipse Subversive plug-ins and define a repository location for Corona.

Committer Repository URL
Contributor Repository URL

Step 3: Check-out Team Artifacts

Corona provides team artifacts to help team member participate in the community. Some of these artifacts are used to setup the workspace used for Corona development

  • Switch to the SVN Repository perspective
  • Expand the entry for Corona's SVN repository
  • Expand the entry for trunk
  • Check-out folder

Step 4: Download Target Platform Runtime

Corona uses the target platform capability of the IDE. This allows the IDE to simulate the platform where the plug-ins under development will eventually be deployed.

The target platform is default set of Equinox, Eclipse Core, and 3rd party libraries used in a server-side environment. This environment is setup using an Ant script within the team's artifacts.

The following steps are performed within the Plug-in Development perspective.

Step 4.1: Update Runtime Properties

It is common for Corona developers to work behind a firewall. For Corona to be able to properly setup its target platform, it needs to be able to download plug-ins from external repositories.

  • Edit the Ant script
  • Find the Ant target init
  • Update (or comment out) the arguments for <setproxy .../>

Step 4.2: Update Download URL

Eclipse resources are available from many download mirrors. You will need to figure out which one is best to use to update your target platform environment.

  • Edit the Ant script
  • Update the value for

Step 4.3: Initialize target.platform Runtime

  • Run the Ant script
  • Refresh your workspace so it is aware of the files added to the target platform

Step 5: Define Workspace Target Platform

Each Plug-in Development Workspace can be configured for a specific target platform.

  • Select the Windows -> Preferences menu item
  • Expand the Plug-in Development entry
  • Select Target Platform
  • Select the Browse button
  • Navigate the tree and select
  • Select the Load Target button
  • Select the Ok button

Step 6: Check-out Corona Sources

  • Switch to the Plug-in Development perspective
  • Within the Package Explorer view, expand the entry
  • Expand the project.sets folder
  • Right-mouse-click corona-all.psf
  • Select import
  • Select Team -> Team Project Set
  • Select Finish
Corona's team project set also defines working sets to help organize Corona's plug-ins within your development workspace.

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