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XQuery Development Tools/Workspace Setup for Dummies


This article is meant to give you detailed instructions on how to set up your Workspace in order to build and test XQDT on your machine. The steps described cover setting up minimal dependencies and development environment with Helios Classic. Larger packages will have some of the required features pre-installed.

Install Eclipse 3.7 (Indigo) Dependencies

From the menu, choose Help > Install New Software…

Pick the "Indigo -" site in the "Work with" drop-down list and install the following packages (if not already installed):


  • Eclipse EGit

General Purpose Tools

  • Dynamic Languages Toolkit - Core Frameworks
  • Eclipse Plug-In Development Environment (this is, most probably, already installed)

Programming Languages

  • Eclipse Java Development Tools (this is, most probably, already installed)

Web, XML, and Java EE Development

  • Eclipse Faceted Project Framework
  • Eclipse XML Editors and Tools (this will bring down the Structured Source Editor; we are trying to build the new XQuery editor based on this one instead on the DLTK source editor)

Finish the installation wizard and restart your Eclipse.

One mode dependency:

ANTLR Runtime 3.2

The current XQuery parser is generated using ANTLR. ANTLR Runtime 3.2 is available through the Eclipse Orbit project. Click on the latest release or stable build and on the build information page copy the update URL under "Orbit Build Repository". Use this URL as an update site in Eclipse. Select andt install "ANTLR Runtime" from the "All Orbit Bundles" category. Make sure this is version 3.2.0, otherwise send us a message. Thanks! ;)

Get XQDT Source from Git

  • From the menu, choose File > Import…
  • Select Git > Projects from Git
  • Click Clone… to pull a new local repository.
  • Enter URI: git://
  • If you are a committer enter your credentials. Thus you will be able to push changes back.
  • Select xquery-dev branch only, accept defaults after that.
  • Select the repository you just cloned: org.eclipse.webtools.incubator
  • Accept the default to Import Existing Projects.
  • Click Finish.
  • You might wanna create new Working Sets to group the projects (in your Package Explorer you must make sure that Working Sets is selected in the Package Explorer's Top Level Elements menu item)
    • "XQDT tests" for all projects having the name ending with "test"
    • "XQDT features" for all projects having the name ending with "feature"
    • "XQDT Zorba" for all projects containing "zorba" in the name
    • "XQDT 28msec" for all projects containing "set" in the name
    • "XQDT Marklogic" for all projects containing "marklogic" in the name

Now your workspace should not have any other errors that:

  • Marklogic plugins errors but someone is on it right now.
  • "An API baseline has not been set for the current workspace." error is showing up in your problem view. Disable it for now from the Preferences > Plug-in Development > API Baselines by changing the Missing API baseline option to Warning

If you have other problems than these, send us a message. Thanks!

Set Up To Launch XQDT

From the menu, select Run > Run Configurations…

Select Eclipse Application

Create a New configuration.

Enter a name.

Select for Run a product: org.eclipse.platform.ide

If you wish to restrict the plugins loaded when testing:

  • Click Plug-ins tab.
  • Select for Launch with: plug-ins selected below only
  • Click Deselect All
  • Add all the plugins that you want to run from the Workspace category.
  • Click Add Required Plug-ins
  • Click Apply and Run

This should keep you now busy for a while.

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