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Offline appel

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« Posted 2007-07-30 14:11:42 »

Ok, it's a love/hate relationship. I love programming in Eclipse, but when it comes to updating the editor it's a total nightmare.

How is it that everytime a new Eclipse is released I have to download the whole editor, install it separately from my existing one, and then re-install all the addons I'm using, and also setup all my projects again. If I persist on using ONE version older (3.3.1 instead of 3.3.2) then I hit a wall regarding adding new addons, since most current addons require the newest version of Eclipse.

I'm really starting to get annoyed by Eclipse. I have 3 installs of it on my disk, all pretty much messed up. Now I have to upgrade to the newest version!

Is there no way to upgrade my existing Eclipse? I've tried installing (unzipping) of existing installations but everything went totally fubar.

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« Reply #1 - Posted 2007-07-30 14:23:41 »

Is there no way to upgrade my existing Eclipse? I've tried installing (unzipping) of existing installations but everything went totally fubar.
IIRC the docs explicityly say not to do this because it causes all sorts of trouble.

Yeah, I also find upgrading Eclipse versions a bit of a pain, but usually I only tend to do it once a year at most so it's hardly a major problem. I was starting to get tired of Eclipse, but after spending a weekend tinkering with Visual Studio and C# and being constantly annoyed by it's stupid behaviour and dodgy code completion I'm back to loving Eclipse again. Grin

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Offline appel

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2007-07-30 14:27:55 »

What about NetBeans? Is the upgrade-curve so steep there?

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Offline ravenger

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« Reply #3 - Posted 2007-07-30 14:37:19 »

if you program in unix environment, you could try IntelliJ for free. If you use windows, then you have to pay for it Tongue, but its better than eclipse.

Updating eclipse isnt that hard tho, you could use the internal upgrade tool (Help --> Software Updates --> Find and Install)
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« Reply #4 - Posted 2007-07-30 14:54:02 »

Updating eclipse isnt that hard tho, you could use the internal upgrade tool (Help --> Software Updates --> Find and Install)

Only for addons, and patches to Eclipse, not when you have to jump a version, like 3.2.2 -> 3.3.0

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« Reply #5 - Posted 2007-07-30 15:11:14 »

What about NetBeans? Is the upgrade-curve so steep there?
It's not much different I fear. Especially the upcoming 6.0 version seem to steer into an upgrade nightmare, since they changed the plugin-mechanisms and the auto update. I hope 'til the final release there will be a migration assistent.

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Offline fletchergames

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« Reply #6 - Posted 2007-07-30 17:39:25 »

I don't use any add-ons, so it's not a problem.  The only add-on I ever wanted to use was the profiler, which I couldn't get to get work.  I profiled with java.exe instead (which didn't help anyways).

I guess the secret is not to use any add-ons.
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