This document will walk you through installing Eclipse, installing and configuring necessary plugins, pulling all the necessary source code, and even building both CIShell and Sci2. This process is only necessary if you plan on doing advanced development on the CIShell platform or Sci2 core plugins. If you are developing or modifying a single plugin, refer to this tutorial instead. This tutorial will be presented in steps, and assumes you already have the most recent version of the Java 7 64-bit JDK installed.
The first thing you'll need to do is acquire Eclipse, if you don't already have it. The Eclipse.org website is the official source for these downloads. In this case, we will be installing the latest version, Eclipse Kepler. It is recommended to download the Eclipse Standard Package. If you have the Java 64-bit JDK, you will want to download the 64-bit version of Eclipse. Extract the contents of the .zip download, which should consist of a folder called "eclipse". Place the folder wherever you would like, change the name if you wish, then open up "eclipse.exe" contained in the folder. Eclipse will ask you to select a workplace, so either accept the default location or select a custom directory. When Eclipse opens for the first time, you should see a welcome screen, which you can close.
|We recommend placing your Eclipse workplace on a Solid State Drive (SSD), if you have one, since it will make the application much faster when performing various tasks.|