As of this writing among Java IDEs, Eclipse is the most popular and the only one currently gaining market share. It is a free, open-source application, and runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and other platforms. It provides great support for Java development, and has an extensive network of plug-in developers.
To use Eclipse with SoftSlate Commerce, follow these steps:
Install SoftSlate Commerce.
If you haven't already, install SoftSlate Commerce on your development computer, following the steps outlined in the chapter on Installing SoftSlate Commerce. Note that the license allows you to install SoftSlate Commerce on any number of development machines that are inaccessible to the public.
Download and Install Eclipse.
Visit www.eclipse.org to download Eclipse for your platform. It is free and runs on multiple operating systems. Follow the instructions on www.eclipse.org to install Eclipse.
Create a New Java Project.
Once Eclipse is installed, create a new Java project pointing to the the directory
where SoftSlate Commerce is installed on your local computer. Go to
New -> Project, select
Java Project and click next,
give the project any name you like, and then select "Create project from existing
source" and find the SoftSlate Commerce installation directory.
Eclipse may automatically configure SoftSlate Commerce correctly when you first create the project. In case it does not, check the "Java Build Path" settings for the project to make sure they are correct:
File -> Properties -> Java Build Pathscreen.
<installation-drectory>/WEB-INF/srcdirectory as the application's only source folder.
When you're done configuring these settings, Eclipse should be able to successfully compile the application. You'll be off and running.
If you plan to use the Tomcat as your application server, we suggest pointing your
Eclipse project to the same directory Tomcat uses for the application (under Tomcat's