Thursday, July 22, 2010

PDE Good Practices: #5 Prefer target over workspace

Remember it is a 'good practice' and not necessarily the best suited to your needs. So unless you are sure what you are doing, it is advisable to keep all the dependent plug-ins in target. Check-out only the those which you need to modify, The benefits are

  • A small workspace is easier to follow
  • Even a full build will be much faster
  • Since target platform can be shared, you can be sure that you are build against the same exact version as your peers
  • Launch will be faster

If you miss that Types are not showing up in the searches, use PDE preference to add all the target plug-ins to the Java search.