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SMILA/Development Guidelines/How to set up integration environment

This is outdated, please refer to How to set up the development environment

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 SDK 3.7.1 (Indigo SR1) (it might still work with Eclipse SDK 3.6.2, too).
  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

Extract your eclipse SDK (be sure, it's just the plain SDK and no JEE-IDE) into another directory, named e.g. eclipse-SDK). This will save you lots of trouble when setting up the target environment.

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"
    • Click "Browse..." and select the eclipse-SDK (see above) and click OK.
    • 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 checkout the contents of from our SVN repository into your workspace and your finished.
  • Or download them as one package from 0.9 release or nightly build, unzip them, and do the following:
    • Select "File" > "Import".
    • Select "General" > "Existing Projects into Workspace" and click "Next".
    • Click "Browse", navigate to the folder where you have unpacked the ZIP.
    • 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".

For further information on implementing in SMILA see the HowTo manuals.

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