Re: Great SWT Program

Lew <>
Sat, 15 Sep 2007 11:10:51 -0400
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Example: I dabble a little with Eclipse. For reasons that seem
good to me (though that might be debatable), I often create groups
of small projects in which the source code lives somewhere other
than in Eclipse's workspace. If I move that source code later,
I haven't found any way to tell Eclipse about that other than to
delete the old projects and create new ones, one at a time, using
the GUI, which I find tedious beyond words. If configuration
information were stored in text files, I could just do a
mass edit and change all occurrences of OldPathToSource with
NewPathToSource, which would be a lot less work. (Risky? Maybe.
If I were worried, I'd make a backup copy of everything first.)

I have other examples, but lack the energy right now to describe
them. But it just often seems to me that a task that ought to be
simple, or at least automatable with some sort of scripting --
"tell Eclipse that source for all of these projects has been
moved", in the example above -- is impossible to accomplish
without a lot of tedious pointing and clicking. To me this
reflects a fundamental limitation of GUIs -- if the designer
didn't think of a particular function and provide an interface
to it, it can't be done. It's a trade-off, I guess, with the
benefits of the GUI being novice-friendliness. <shrug>

NetBeans lets you simply "open" the project from the new directory. You can
also configure project properties to point to arbitrary source directory

Eclipse lets you build projects based on other projects. For that IDE locate
subprojects where you want them and refer to them from projects in other

Neither of these answers might work, possibly, in your immediate problem, but
they may provide future options.


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