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Re: Subclipse on Eclipse 2.x / WSAD 5.x

From: Mark Phippard <MarkP_at_softlanding.com>
Date: 2005-08-22 17:51:51 CEST

Gino Filicetti <gino@filicetti.net> wrote on 08/22/2005 11:43:04 AM:

> I've got an historical question to ask... why was support for Eclipse
> 2.x dropped from the latest Subclipse and last supported only in
> Subclipse ?
> The reason I ask is that I think the dropping of support for E2.x is
> very unfortunate indeed. Some of us out here are stuck using WSAD 5.x
> and I'm feeling that I might not be able to get widespread use of
> Subversion in my organization now because the Eclipse plugin doesn't
> have as many features as the CVS plugin.
> I didn't think there were such fundamental changes made to the Team
> infrastructure from E2.x to E3.x as to make it impossible to support
> Subclipse's current feature set as an E2.x plugin. I'm guessing there
> just wasn't anyone willing to maintain a seperate plugin. :-(
> If anyone has advice on what I can do to best use Subversion/Subclipse
> in my WSAD 5.x/E2.x environment I'd really appreciate it. I'm trying
> to engineer a migration away from CVS but you know how these things
> go, you have to show the decision makers some real value, and
> unfortunately, I don't think the basic value of using Subversion over
> CVS is going to win them over if they have to give up the synchronize
> view!
> I'll still try to give it a go and see if they can be convinced, I'd
> appreciate any suggestions.

There are actually quite a substantial number of API differences between
Eclipse 2 and 3. Your reference to Synchronize is a great example. That
is a custom CVS feature in Eclipse 2.x and an Eclipse API in 3.x. There
are tons of internal API changes in Eclipse 3.x that affect Subclipse.

Ultimately it comes down to developer support. There would have to be
someone willing to do the work. IMO, you would never see support for
Synch in 2.x, but there are certainly other improvements that could have
been made.

FWIW, I still use WSAD 5.x regularly with Subclipse without problem. I
miss a lot of the 3.x features but I still have all of the essentials. I
just use TortoiseSVN for what is missing.


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