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This how-to describes the necessary steps for setting up SMILA integration environment. Normally this setup is only interesting for SMILA integrators who just want to integrate their components in SMILA. SMILA committers and contributors should work with another setup described at How to set up the development environment.


Here is the list of things that you will definitely need for developing SMILA components:

  1. JDK 1.6
  2. Eclipse SDK - This howto was tested with Eclipse 3.6.2 (Helios) and Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo) (some details like bundle version numbers may be slightly different when using Indigo)
  3. SMILA binary distribution

Install the binary distribution

Just pick up the latest binary distribution of SMILA:

Simply unzip the file you downloaded into a new directory on your local hard disk and you've done with the installation.

Create a new Workspace and setup target platform

Start your Eclipse SDK and create a new workspace at a location of your choice. Then use the SMILA binaries as the target platform for plugin develoment. This enables you to create own bundles that can use the code in the SMILA bundles:

To set up the target platform

  • Open "Windows" -> "Preferences".
  • Select "Plug-in Development" --> "Target Platform" --> "Add".
  • Initialize the target definition with: "Nothing --> Next".
  • Enter a reasonable name (how about "SMILA", maybe? ;-).
  • In the "Locations" tab, click "Add".
    • Select "Installation" --> Click "Next".
    • Click "Browse" and navigate to the directory where you installed SMILA (do not press <Enter> yet).
    • --> Click "Finish".
  • Back on the "Locations" tab, click "Add" again.
    • Select "Features" --> Click "Next"
    • In the "Location" text field enter "${eclipse_home}" (without parentheses).
    • Select the features "org.eclipse.jdt" and "org.eclipse.platform".
    • --> Click "Finish"
  • Switch to the "Content" tab:
    • Filter for "junit" and deselect the bundles "org.junit (4.8.1)" and "org.junit4 (4.8.1)". Only "org.junit (3.8.2)" must be selected.
  • --> Click "Finish"
  • Select the new target platform.
  • --> Click "OK", you're done.

Create a launch configuration for SMILA

Getting right the launch configuration for SMILA is a bit tedious, so we prepared an example package:

To import the example package

  • Either:
  • Select "File" > "Import".
  • Select "General" > "Existing Projects into Workspace" and click "Next".
  • Click "Browse", navigate to the folder where you have unpacked the ZIP or checked out the contents and select <SDK>/bundles
  • Confirm with "OK".
    • Select all projects, enable the option "Copy projects into workspace", and click "Finish".
    • Now you should have the following projects in your workspace:
    • org.eclipse.smila.integration.feature
    • org.eclipse.smila.integration.pipelet
    • org.eclipse.smila.integration.worker
    • org.eclipse.smila.integration.worker.test
    • SMILA.application

To launch SMILA, you need only the "SMILA.application" project. The other bundles contain examples for developing integration components like workers, pipelets, etc.

To launch SMILA

  • Select "Run" -> "Run Configurations" or "Debug Configurations".
  • Select "OSGi Frameworks" -> "SMILA".
  • Click "Run" or "Debug" and SMILA should start just like when started from the command line.

Find the configuration of this SMILA instance in your workspace in "SMILA.application/configuration".

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