Using Rodin as Target Platform

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When developing plug-ins for Rodin, it is somewhat cumbersome to have to download all sources from the repository, or to import them in the workspace somehow, just to be able to read them. Using a target platform is a convenient alternative. Moreover, this alternative allows to validate one's plugin against a specific version of the Rodin platform and facilitates regression testing.

Configuring a Target Platform

Since Rodin 3.0, a software site is provided for each release, the archive is named
org.rodinp.dev-X.Y.Z-<git-commit>.zip
in the SourceForge repository.

It contains the full Rodin platform along with sources.

Definition of the Target Platform

In Eclipse, open the Preferences pop-up window by clicking Window>Preferences. Then, select Plug-in Development>Target Platform in the tree, and click Add....

In the Target Definition window that pops up, select
 Nothing: Start with an empty target definition
, then click Next >. Enter a name for your target platform, for instance
Rodin 3.0
. Then, click the Add... button of the Locations tab.

In the Add content window that pops up, select Software Site, then click Next >.

In the new page, titled Add Software Site, click Add..., enter a name, like
Rodin 3.0
. Click Archive... and browse to the location of the
org.rodinp.dev-X.Y.Z-<git-commit>.zip
.

Click OK then Finish.

For Rodin 2.x

Releases prior to Rodin 3.0 provided a slightly different way of configuring a target platform.

Preparation

To configure a Rodin release as a target platform, first download two files from SourceForge:

  • rodin-VERSION-dev.zip
    : contains the Rodin platform together with its sources,
  • rodin-VERSION-repo.zip
    : a p2 repository of the full Rodin platform.
Then, unpack the
dev
file somewhere on your hard disk. There is no need to unpack the
repo
file anywhere, as Eclipse can process it directly.

Definition of the Target Platform

Then, in Eclipse, open the Preferences pop-up window by clicking Window>Preferences. Then, select Plug-in Development>Target Platform in the tree, and click Add....

In the Target Definition window that pops up, select
 Nothing: Start with an empty target definition
, then click Next >. Enter a name for your target platform, for instance
Rodin 2.7
. Then, click the Add... button of the Locations tab. In the Add content window that pops up, select Directory, then click Next >. In the new page, titled Add Directory, enter the location of the directory where you unpacked the
rodin-VERSION-dev.zip
and click Finish.

Back to the Target Content window, click Add… again.

In the Add content window that pops up, select Software Site this time, then click Next >. In the new page, titled Add Software Site, click Add....

In the Add Repository window that pops up, click Archive… and select the repository file you have downloaded (e.g.,
Rodin-2.7-repo.zip
and click OK until you are back to the Add Software Site window. There, untick the Group by Category checkbox, select Rodin Platform in the list and click Finish twice.

Back to the Preferences window, select the Rodin platform you have just added to activate it and click OK.

Important: It is essential to build the target platform in the order given above, otherwise links to source files do not work correctly in Eclipse.

Complement to the Target Platform

If you plan to run tests with JUnit, you have to add the JUnit plug-in as a complement to your target platform. For that, edit the target platform definition from the Preferences window and select Features in the Add Content window. In the next page, click Variables... and select eclipse_home. Then, select the feature org.eclipse.jdt from the list and click Finish twice.