In the past days I have been using many different text editors in Windows XP. But I missed a couple of things which I’m used from Eclipse: shortcuts to move, to duplicate or to delete lines, the possibility to jump to the last edit location (Ctrl+Q), the possibility to compare the selected text with the clipboard, and many other things. Of course you can open external files with Eclipse by File > Open File… or drag-and-drop the files into the editor area but this is too complicated especially if Eclipse has not been started yet. By the way, does anybody remember Padclipse?
Since Eclipse 3.6 M5 it has been possible to open files from the command line but you have to tweak the Windows registry yourself to have a menu item Open with Eclipse in the context menu of files. Surprisingly, I didn’t find a plug-in which does the registry tweaking for me. Probably, some other people have this done manually or written a plug-in without sharing it or adding it to the Marketplace. So I asked myself, is it possible to write such a plug-in myself and share it within one day?
- Update site: http://openwitheclipse.sf.net/update
or download: http://sf.net/projects/openwitheclipse/files
- Home page: http://openwitheclipse.sf.net/
- Metrics at Ohloh: http://www.ohloh.net/p/openwitheclipse
- Marketplace: http://marketplace.eclipse.org/content/open-eclipse
The short answer: yes, it is. It was really easy going. The great tooling support of Eclipse, jRegistryKey, SourceForge and all the shared knowledge of others make it possible to do all these things in a very short time: write a plug-in, integrate a non OSGi framework, find a public location for the project and the source code, build a website and provide an update site URL so that everybody can install the plug-in with only some mouse clicks. Enjoy and many thanks to Eclipse & Co for being so open.