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'''Plug-in Development Environment''' ('''PDE''') provides the tools on top of the [[JDT]] to develop plugins. It is a part of [[Eclipse SDK Project]].
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To debug your plugin you might try the [[Core Tools]]
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===Adding 3rd Party Jar files===
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====Option 1: turn the jars into plug-ins====
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Use New > Project > Plug-in Development > Plug-in from existing JAR archive. That will turn one or more jar files into a single jar plug-in. For something like log4j you can then set up Buddy-Classloading, etc.
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Prior to 3.2.1, you had to make modifications to the build.properties file. See [https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=146042 bug 146042] (RCP export has problems with required plug-ins).
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====Option 2: include the jars in a plug-in====
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# Use Import>File System to import the jar files into your plug-in project, say in the <project>/lib directory.
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# Use "Add..." to add the jars to the classpath section of the PDE Editor>Runtime tab.
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# Use "New..." to add "." library back (with no quotes, of course). Some versions of eclipse automatically do this for you.
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# Make sure your binary build exports the new jar files on the PDE Editor>Build tab.
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# Save
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# On the project, use the popup menu>PDE Tools>Update Classpath to correctly add the jars to the eclipse project classpath.
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# Export any packages that you need to using the PDE Editor>Runtime tab
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# Save
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Check out https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=108781
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It talks about how adding a 3rd party jar removes the default "." classpath, and the need to add it back.
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Also, eclipse can handle jars within jars.  It expands them into a temporary location during runtime.
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[[Category:Eclipse Project]]
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