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Installing ColdFusion 8 Eclipse Extensions

These extensions are available for download along with ColdFusion 8

Ben Forta's Blog

The ColdFusion extensions for Eclipse include RDS panels, a Services Browser panel, a CF Log Viewer, RDS support, help, wizards, and of course the interactive debugger. These extensions are available for download along with ColdFusion 8 and will be distributed with the product when it ships.

To install the Eclipse extensions, do the following:

  1. Start up Eclipse (3.1 or 3.2).
  2. Select Help->Software Updates->Find And Install.
  3. Select "Search For New Features To Install".
  4. Click the "New Archived Site" button.
  5. Brows to select the extensions ZIP file that you downloaded.
  6. Check the feature, and then Finish the installation.
  7. You'll be prompted to restart Eclipse.

Once installed you'll have access to all of the extensions. The Wizards are available under File->New->Other. To display the ColdFusion tabs go to Window->Show View->Other, the tabs will be listed under "ColdFusion", select each tab to show it. You only need to do this once, the next time you start Eclipse the settings will be remembered and the tabs displayed.

More Stories By Ben Forta

Ben Forta is Adobe's Senior Technical Evangelist. In that capacity he spends a considerable amount of time talking and writing about Adobe products (with an emphasis on ColdFusion and Flex), and providing feedback to help shape the future direction of the products. By the way, if you are not yet a ColdFusion user, you should be. It is an incredible product, and is truly deserving of all the praise it has been receiving. In a prior life he was a ColdFusion customer (he wrote one of the first large high visibility web sites using the product) and was so impressed he ended up working for the company that created it (Allaire). Ben is also the author of books on ColdFusion, SQL, Windows 2000, JSP, WAP, Regular Expressions, and more. Before joining Adobe (well, Allaire actually, and then Macromedia and Allaire merged, and then Adobe bought Macromedia) he helped found a company called Car.com which provides automotive services (buy a car, sell a car, etc) over the Web. Car.com (including Stoneage) is one of the largest automotive web sites out there, was written entirely in ColdFusion, and is now owned by Auto-By-Tel.

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