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Corona HowTo: Include a New Plugin in Build

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Correct Plugin Structure

A Corona plugin is a regular Equinox plugin/fragment that conforms to Europa build practices. If a new plugin is created the following should be assured:

  • 4-part version numbering should be used, the first three parts are numbers, the last is "qualifier" word, for example: 0.5.0.qualifier. The "qualifier" is not used for plugins representing 3rd party.
  • plugin must correctly list its required JVM versions in the manifest/plugin.xml
  • file must list all files that should be included in the build result (the option bin.includes), if a jar file is included in Corona, but does not have IP approval, it should be excluded from

For test plugins

Test plugins must be written in JUnit 3. JUnit 4 is not yet supported. The test plugin must have an ant script, which will run the test. Typically it is called test.xml and is placed in test plugin's root directory - see the script in one of plugins.

To add it to your plugin:

  • Make test suits - one for tests that require UI and/or second that do not need UI.
    Test suit may be any class that have a method public static junit.framework.Test suite(). The return object is junit.framework.TestSuite with all your test classes added. To add a test class, you need to invoke addTestSuite(<TestClass>).
public static junit.framework.Test suite() {
    junit.framework.TestSuite suite = new junit.framework.TestSuite("An example suite");
    return suite; 
  • Copy the example ant script to your plugin as test.xml
  • Modify the suite target:
    1. If you have UI test, uncomment the <ant target="ui-test"... and set property classname with the test suite class for UI tests.
    2. Do the same for non-UI tests in <ant target="core-test"...

Modify Build

The following steps should be taken to include a new plugin in build:

  • add the plugin to Corona Client and/or Server feature (steps for adding to Corona client feature)
    • checkout feature projects from Technology CVS org.eclipse.corona/features/
    • open feature.xml in proper feature project - org.eclipse.corona.client, org.eclipse.corona.server, org.eclipse.corona.test.client or org.eclipse.test.corona.server
    • open feature.xml
    • on Plug-ins and fragments tab select Add and select the new plugin
    • then select Versions and select Synchronization options: "Copy versions from plug-in and fragment manifests"
    • save the feature.xml and commit to CVS
  • modify Corona maps for Corona client and/or server
    • the maps can be found in maps folder in CVS under org.eclipse.corona/maps
    • add a line that represents the plugin, the line must specify plugin/fragment, name and CVS access parameters analogously to other defined entries in maps.
  • If milestone version or 3rd party jars change it is necessary to modify files in the build folder (the folder is in Corona CVS)
    • in customTargets.xml modify getPlugins target, set the correct argument to wget of 3rd party jars OR
    • assure that download folder on the build machine contains a file named with all necessary 3rd party plugins and jars.

For Test Plugins

For test plugins, the following changes must be done in build:

  • add the plugin to Corona Client and/or Server test feature as described earlier
  • modify Corona maps for Corona client and/or server tests as described earlier
  • modify the appropriate test.xml file for client xor server
	<target name="mytests.test" description="Runs the org.eclipse.corona.tests.mytests test.xml">
		<antcall target="runtests">
			<param name="testPlugin" value="org.eclipse.corona.tests.mytests_0.8.0" />
			<param name="report" value="org.eclipse.corona.tests.mytests" />
    • enable the target in already existing target named all
	<target name="all">
		<antcall target="mytests.test" />

Check if the automated build works

Verify if the currently configured build works correctly. The page Execution of Build Scripts describes how to run a automated build.

The page Corona_Development_Build describes steps to set up a new build environment or adjust existing one.

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