Integrated Development Environment with the Eclipse 3.4 Workbench and Lotus Forms Designer 3.5.1 Table of Contents: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Install a JavaSE JRE Download the Eclipse 3.4 IDE Install the Eclipse 3.4 IDE Workbench Use the Update Manager to update the Eclipse Workbench Install the Lotus Forms Designer as a Plug-in Test the Lotus Forms Designer Plug-in Test the Java EE Servlet Development Environment Importing Libraries into your Servlet Projects Other Tips and Techniques Integrated Development Environment with the Eclipse 3.4 Workbench and Lotus Forms Designer 3.5.1 NOTE: This procedure is provided as-is with no warranty of any kind. Installing the Lotus Forms Designer into the Eclipse Workbench is not considered to be an officially supported development platform. Any problems found should be duplicated in the stand-alone Lotus Forms Designer environment before submitting a problem report to IBM. 1. Install a JavaSE JRE A JavaSE Java Runtime Environment (JRE) that is version 1.4.2 or higher is required to run the Eclipse IDE Workbench. If you have already installed a Java SE JRE (version 1.4.2 or higher) on your PC then you may skip this step. If you do not know what version of Java runtime is installed on your system, then you can run the following steps: 1. Click on Start and then Run… 2. In the Open: field, enter “CMD.EXE” and then click OK 3. A DOS command prompt window will open 4. Run the following command: java –version 5. Verify the version number specified in the command output If no JRE is installed or an update is required to your installed version, then you must install a newer JRE before continuing. For example, you can install the Sun JavaSE 1.6 JRE from: http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp 2. Download the Eclipse 3.4 IDE for Java EE Developers With your internet browser, navigate to the Eclipse download web site at the following URL: http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/packages/release/ganymede/r Click on the link to download the Eclipse IDE for JavaEE Developers. This integrated package includes the Eclipse IDE, Web Tools Platform and its prerequisite packages. Once the download has started, select to save the file to your local hard disk. The file will be downloaded in a ZIP file format. NOTE: If you plan to install the Lotus Forms Designer as a plug-in into the Eclipse IDE then it is recommended that you install the Eclipse IDE version 3.4. The Lotus Forms Designer version 3.5.1 is based upon the Eclipse IDE version 3.4.2. The Lotus Forms Designer version 3.5.1 is NOT COMPATIBLE as a plug-in within the Eclipse IDE 3.5 Workbench. If you plan to install the Lotus Forms Designer in standalone mode, then you may use the Eclipse IDE 3.5 or higher IDE for your other development projects. For comparison purposes, the chart shown at the following web link shows the various features that are bundled into each Eclipse download package. http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/packages/compare-packages 3. Install the Eclipse 3.4 IDE Workbench The Eclipse ZIP file contains the Eclipse IDE in a hierarchical file system format. There is no installation program packaged with the Eclipse IDE. Unzip the contents of the Eclipse 3.4 IDE ZIP file to a new empty Folder. For example, you could install the IDE to a Folder named: C:\Program Files\Eclipse\3.4 Create a Start Menu or Desktop shortcut link to launch the Eclipse 3.4 IDE. Using the above example, the path to the target program would be: C:\Program Files\Eclipse\3.4\eclipse\eclipse.exe Be sure to check the Shortcut Properties and set the working (start in) directory to the same path where eclipse.exe is located. Launch the Eclipse Workbench by clicking on your shortcut link. As the Eclipse Workbench starts, you will be prompted to specify a target location for your Workspace. The Workspace is a directory folder where your projects will be stored. You may choose the default path or you may specify a different path. Make a note of your Workspace path. If you prefer that Eclipse always use the same Workspace location, then you should click on the “Use this as he default and do not ask again” button. Click on the OK button after completing your selections. Once the Eclipse Workbench starts, the Eclipse Platform Welcome screen will display. 4. Use the Update Manager to update the Eclipse Workbench From the Eclipse IDE toolbar, click on: Help Æ Software Updates. Click on the Installed Software tab. Click on the Update… button to check for updates to the base Eclipse Workbench platform. On the Available Updates screen, verify that all the items in the list are checked and then click on the Next> button. Review the license information displayed on the Review Licenses page. If you accept the license terms, then click the radio button for “I accept the terms of the license agreement.” Then click on the Finish button. A progress indicator bar will display the progress of downloading and installing the selected software updates into your Eclipse IDE. The download and installation process may take several minutes to complete. Do not press any buttons on this screen. Allow the installation process to complete. After successfully completing the installation of your selected plug-ins, it is necessary to restart the Eclipse Workbench before you can start using the new plug-ins. Click on the Yes button to allow the Eclipse Workbench to restart. After the Installed Software Updates are complete, then launch the Update Manager again to install the Java EE Web Tools into the Eclipse Workbench. From the Eclipse IDE toolbar, click on: Help Æ Software Updates. Then click on the Available Software tab. Expand the Ganymede Update Site and select the checkbox for Web and Java EE Developers. The term “Ganymede” was the code name for the Eclipse version 3.4 project. Ensure that all plugins listed in the Web and Java EE Developers section are selected, then click on the Install… button. The Eclipse Update Manager will resolve dependencies and display a list of features to be installed. Review the list and then click on the Next> button. Review the license information displayed on the Review Licenses page. If you accept the license terms, then click the radio button for “I accept the terms of the license agreement.” Then click on the Finish button. A progress indicator bar will display the progress of downloading and installing the selected plugins into your Eclipse IDE. The download and installation process may take several minutes to complete. Do not press any buttons on this screen. Allow the installation process to complete. During the plug-in installation process, a popup message may appear asking you to accept the certificates for plug-ins that are being installed. Review the certificate information and then click on the Select All button and then click on the OK button. After successfully completing the installation of your selected plug-ins, it is necessary to restart the Eclipse Workbench before you can start using the new plug-ins. Click on the Yes button to allow the Eclipse Workbench to restart. 5. Install the Lotus Forms Designer as a Plug-in If the Eclipse Workbench is currently running then completely close and exit the Eclipse Workbench. NOTE: Make certain that the Eclipse IDE Workbench is closed before continuing to the next step. If the Lotus Forms Designer is currently installed on the system then it must be removed before installing it as a plug-in into the Eclipse Workbench. When uninstalling the Lotus Forms Designer, any existing projects in your workspace will preserved and will NOT be deleted as part of the product un-installation process. NOTE: Make certain that the Lotus Forms Designer is not installed before continuing to the next step. Launch the Lotus Forms Designer installation program. During the installation process, you will be prompted with a configuration screen that asks if you want to install the product in Standalone or Integrated installation mode. Select the “Integrated Installation” radio button and then click on the Next> button. On the following installation configuration screen, you will be prompted to input the path to the application product that will receive the Lotus Forms Designer as a plug-in. Using the example from the Eclipse Workbench installation, the path to the target program would be: C:\Program Files\Eclipse\3.4\eclipse Click on the Next> button after you have entered the path information. Allow the installation of the Lotus Forms Designer to proceed to copy and configure files. When the installation process completes, click on the Finish button to exit the installation wizard. 6. Test the Lotus Forms Designer Plug-in Add info about importing an existing Form. Add info about viewing an existing Form. Add info about saving and exporting a Form. 7. Test the Java EE Servlet Development Environment Launch the Eclipse Workbench. Click on: Window Æ Open Perspective Æ Other… Add screen shots of importing one of the test servlets. 8. Importing Libraries into your Servlet Projects When creating a new Servlet Project, you will need to import the libraries for API Support and also the Lotus Forms Servlet Framework. In the Package Explorer view, highlight the name of the Project and then click on Project Æ Properties. The Properties notebook will appear. Add info about importing Lotus Forms Server API libraries. Add info about importing Webform Server Servlet Framework libraries. 9. Other Tips and Techniques 9.1. Other topic Topic details here. 9.2. Other topic 2 Topic 2 details here.
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