Eclipse-Plugin support

This chapter describes how to set up Z and I Emulator for Web for the IBM Eclipse-Plugin.
Note: Z and I Emulator for Web currently supports Eclipse-Plugin on Windows platform only. Please check the README for additional support as that will be updated if additional platforms are added.

Eclipse-Plugin is the foundation for next-generation, network-centric computing. Built on the Eclipse rich client platform, it provides additional features for managing and deploying applications easily to end users.

On Eclipse-Plugin, all applications are packaged as Eclipse “features”, which consist of “plugins” and “fragments”. Eclipse features are usually installed from an “update site”, which is a directory on a machine that is web-accessible.

To build the Z and I Emulator for Web plugin for Eclipse-Plugin, Z and I Emulator for Web provides a Java applet called "Update Site Utility". The Update Site Utility converts Z and I Emulator for Web jar files into Eclipse plugins and fragments and places them in a new or an existing update site directory.

Procedures to install features from an update site are different depending on Eclipse-Plugin platforms, such as Workplace Managed Client (WMC) or WebSphere Everyplace Deployment (WED). When WMC is used, extra configuration steps are required on its server counterpart, Workplace Collaboration Service (WCS). The Update Site Utility generates an XML file, which eases the configuration steps on WCS.