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Anyone who has experience in building wordpress plugin using eclipse PDT?

My situation is:

  • I need to build plugin that extend another plugin (look at it as premium version from another plugin)
  • I already created project plugin core(the original plugin) by importing from svn repository
  • I created eclipse library called wordpress and added it to plugin core project.
  • I created another project plugin extender which will host scripts I created.

The problem is, how to easily test it to wordpress, without having to manually copy-paste those project to wp-content/plugins? Is there anyway to automatically copy those files to wp-content/plugins? Or, do you guys have another solutions to this problem?

As a side note, I'm working on windows 7. I'm aware of windows's mklink. However, my htdocs in on FAT32 partition and I'm in situation where I have to use Windows in the following months.

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    this is really an eclipse question - best addressed over at programmers.stackexchange.com or stackoverflow – anu Apr 11 '11 at 11:24
  • I will let this brew for a bit in case someone has hands-on WP/Eclipse experience with such... If not indeed better to migrate to site that might be more fitting. – Rarst Apr 11 '11 at 16:00
  • Rarst, my thoughts exactly. – EAMann Apr 11 '11 at 16:58
  • OK, but I think what the OP wants is a way to use Eclipse to copy files from one folder (his working directory) to another (the plugin folder in his WP install). @silent - doesn't RSE (eclipse.org/tm) do what you need? – anu Apr 11 '11 at 18:22
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  1. Create WordPress as a project. I have several such projects, trunk, old versions … for the following, I just use a project named WP Latest Final. You can use the standard installation with /wp-content/plugins. I put my wp-content directory in a Dropbox and tell WP via wp-config.php where to search for it.

  2. Create a new PHP project for each of your plugins. Use Create project from existing source and point to the plugin directory in /wp-content/plugins.

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  3. Click Next in the project wizard, and go to the Projects tab. Choose Add … WP Latest Final.

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  4. Select Access Rules and exclude wp-admin/load-scripts.php and wp-admin/load-styles.php. Hat tip to @hakre.

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  5. Add more projects as you need, other plugins, theme projects etc.

  6. Click Finish. Done.

If you have installed Egit, you probably want to create a new Git project now to get independent from Eclipse’s history tracking.

  • Hmm.. using this strategy means that I have to build the project on wordpress's wp-content/plugins? this'll do. Thanks. – ariefbayu Apr 11 '11 at 19:36
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    Not on the whole plugin directory, just the one with your plugin. – fuxia Apr 11 '11 at 20:43
  • yea, I get that. – ariefbayu Apr 11 '11 at 21:10
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Eclipse » Aptana

Just a short addition for all those using Aptana.

When you already got a project that is (physically/on disk) outside your WordPress development copy, then simply go to

Project » Properties » PHP Buildpath » [♦ External Directories]

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