AD103 – Embracing the Eclipse Within

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This was a really informative session with lots of “aha”-moments.

I use a real computer (read Mac ;)) and I’m annoyed that the they’re not releasing a designer client for Mac now when it’s Eclipse based it should be a piece of cake right? Well, it turns up that they didn’t rewrite it and there’s still a lot of stuff left (windows and forms for instance) In the old Windows environment. So don’t hold your breath for a Mac release of Designer anytime soon…

First thing: The Local folder in Project Explorer is in fact…. Wait for it… Local! Who would have thought, huh?! 😉 This means anything you put here is local to your machine and doesn’t come with the .NSF. Apparently a lot of people are having questions regarding this.

Here a list of shortcuts in Designer that may make you moe productive:

  • CTRL F6 – List open tabs
  • CTRL F7 – Switch between panels
  • ALT SHIFT B – Show breadcrumbs
  • CTRL SHIFT 8 – Switch perspective
  • CTRL SHIFT R – Search and open any resource
  • CTRL SHIFT L – Show the entire list of shortcuts

You can search for code across your workspace or only in selected elements and save those searches for later use.

A great use for this is if you use a later version of Designer then what your client have. Then do a search for 8.5.3 and it will display all elements that contain a feature that require that version with the specific code easily accessible. A good sanity check to perform before deploying.

Local history only works for Eclipse editors like XPages, not forms and views, and only lasts during the session. But we all use source control now any way, don’t we? 😉




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