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The Welcome Framework and Europa

That zany UA team was at it again with a new feature for Eclipse 3.3 which I think Eclipse projects should take advantage of. The feature provides you a way to introduce your project to a user when the project is installed say via an update site. A good example of this is what I’ve done with ECF.

Basically when ECF gets installed, you get the welcome framework notifying you that a new “feature” has been installed by highlighting a relevant welcome entry. It would be nice if all projects part of the Europa release would do this (however, this now raises the question whether we need some coordination between projects to be more careful about the wording that goes on the welcome page). Mylar? CDT? TPTP? Who is in?

Also, notice that the ECF welcome entry is missing a beautiful icon. It would be great if someone in the community would donate some of their time and provide a welcome icon. That would be fantastic and I would owe that person a frosty beverage, please use this bug as a point of submission (if you want to create more icons, here’s another bug, you’ll save Russia from blindness if you do ;p).

Microsoft Help -> Eclipse Help

I came across this neat utility I thought I would share with everyone. If you have old Microsoft Help files laying around and want them to be used within the Eclipse help system, then this utility is for you!

Get to know Eclipse User Assistance

Before I leave for the snowy mountains of British Columbia, I figure I would drop a mention of a new article (oh my, it’s my 10th one at dW!) I have written about Eclipse User Assistance (UA). It’s an introductory article aimed to pique people’s interest in Eclipse UA. I think UA is one of the things people take for granted in Eclipse and should aim to use more of the facilities available. For example, I think if more projects aimed to use cheatsheets, they could help their users with the learning curve associated with their project. In fact, the PDE and eRCP tutorials at EclipseCon will be exclusively using cheatsheets to help guide tutorial participants.

Also, thanks to Dejan Glozic and his team for valuable comments on the article.