educational portal of india download free pdfIf you've been looking for a decent PHP editor and don't want to hassle of leaving your favourite IDE, you don't have to look any further than PHPEclipse. This article outlines how to install the plugin to your existing Eclipse environment.
I already had a working Eclipse installation that I had used to try out download PHPeclipse for Eclipse (not to be confused with the PHP IDE), so I didn’t want to bother downloading a brand new full package of Eclipse that includes the PHP IDE and all its requirements. So, I set about on a tedious journey to figure out how to install PHP IDE using the Eclipse Update Manager. These are my notes.Note: If you don’t already have a working copy of Eclipse and you want to try out the PHP IDE, then these notes are not for you. Simply download the full package and install it. Everything should work fine out of the box. These notes are for those who have a working installation of Eclipse, want to install PHP IDE via the Update Manager, and are having trouble finding all the download sites for the PHP IDE prerequisites.
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First off, if you have PHPeclipse installed, you’ll need to disable it (if not you can skip this step). Navigate to Help > Software Updates > Manage Configuration. From the tree on the left, find PHPEclipse, highlight it, and choose the “Disable” link from the pane on the right.
Install the PHP IDE Prerequisites
The PHP IDE installation page lists a handful of runtime prerequisites for the PHP IDE plugin. However, it doesn’t list any URLs directing you to where the projects are located or what Update Manager URLs to use. Thus, I’m providing those links here.
For each of these prerequisites, you must follow these steps to install the package via the Eclipse Update Manager:
- Open the Update Manager at Help > Software Updates > Find and Install...
- Select “Search for new features to install” and click the Next button
- Click the New Remote Site... button on the right
- Enter a name and the update URL for the update site, click OK
- Make sure the checkbox next to the new site is checked and click Finish
- Follow the prompts to install the new package
- Graphical Editing Framework (GEF)
Update URL: http://download.eclipse.org/tools/gef/update-site/releases/
- Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF)
Update URL: http://download.eclipse.org/tools/emf/updates/
- Java EMF Model (JEM)—from the Visual Editor Project (VEP)
Update URL: http://download.eclipse.org/tools/ve/updates/1.0/
- Web Tools Platform (WTP)
Update URL: http://download.eclipse.org/webtools/updates/
Install the PHP IDE Plugin
Now that you have installed all the prerequisites, you are ready to install the PHP IDE plugin, and you shouldn’t encounter any problems now since all the prerequisites are available. To install the PHP IDE plugin, follow the same directions above to set up the PHP IDE update site in the Update Manager using the http://download.eclipse.org/tools/php/updates Update URL.
Author : Chander Prakash is an Associate Software Engineer contributing to Rational Application Developer. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. He has been a presenter at Rational Software Development Conference.He is also founder of Globalshiksha.com An Educational Portal of India