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Is Anyone Using Eclipse Marketplace?

02.02.2011
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Starting with Eclipse Helios (3.6), released June 2010 Eclipse Foundation includes their take on the AppStore --Eclipse Marketplace (EMP). But although I've been using Eclipse Helios every day since summer, I haven't even noticed the EMP and installed all plugins the old-fashioned way.

The main reason for this is that I'm a long-time Eclipse user and for the longest time the installation and update of plugins was such an excruciating process, that the easiest thing to do was to just drop them into the plugins folder and hope for the best.

To my surprise I discovered that it has changed with Eclipse Helios. We decided to release the new major version of JRebel, coincidentally also 3.6, to the Eclipse Marketplace; so I went through a flurry of installing it, uninstalling it, updating and generally stress-testing the Eclipse Plugin Manager.

I'm happy to say that it works nicely and suggest to take a moment and hit the Help -> Eclipse Marketplace to have instant access to hundreds of rated plugins. Considering that the highest number of downloads is only 5701, it seems like the Marketplace doesn't get the attention it deserves, what's your take?

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Cosmin Mutu replied on Wed, 2011/02/02 - 2:17am

Very interesting, sadly I`m still on 3.5 but as soon as I`ll switch to 3.6 I`ll give it a try :)

Thanks for the info!

Philippe Lhoste replied on Wed, 2011/02/02 - 5:39am

I think I had a look when I installed 3.6 some months ago, then I forgot about it, so thanks for the reminder. I just installed Graphrex which looks interesting (the main problem after plugin installation is to find where it is located in Eclipse!).

Note: I install plugins the second-old-fashioned way, using the Help > Install New Software... menu.

Ronald Miura replied on Wed, 2011/02/02 - 6:08am

I use it since it was released. In the beginning, most plugins weren't available there, so it was kind of useless. Nowadays, almost all plugins I need are there, but I really missed JRebel's. It's really great to know that it's finally published! Thanks!

Jörg Buchberger replied on Wed, 2011/02/02 - 6:35am

I'm in favor of it, too - from a users perspective. And it seems to get more traction lately. But I would not want to give up the more complex update manager completely - especially from a configuration management perspective (WRT managing / rolling out basic IDE setups).

Michal Xorty replied on Wed, 2011/02/02 - 8:47am

Hi, I am former NetBeans user. So basically, in NetBeans you had wizard for installing plugins. Recently I switched to Eclipse Helios and I am very happy with Marketplace - it's just really comfortable. From all plugins that I have I installed all but one (little, rather unknown) from Marketpalce.

Mladen Girazovski replied on Wed, 2011/02/02 - 9:22am

Considering that the highest number of downloads is only 5701, it seems like the Marketplace doesn't get the attention it deserves, what's your take?

 As long as the Plugins are free (which ich prefer) the term "Marketplace" is imho the wrong term to describe it, so far it is "just" a very convinient way to install plugins.

Paweł Dyda replied on Wed, 2011/02/02 - 10:18am

I think that most of the users are simply not aware that EMP exist... For example if you are using Spring Tools Suite (STS), the plugin is not even installed by default...

Ian Skerrett replied on Wed, 2011/02/02 - 11:26am

We obviously want more and more people to use Eclipse Marketplace Client. The good news is each day more developers are discovering the Eclipse Marketplace client. If people have suggestions on how to promote it, please let me know. Ian Skerrett Eclipse Foundation

Loren Kratzke replied on Wed, 2011/02/02 - 4:30pm

I am a hard core Netbeans user but need to get up to speed on Eclipse. For the life of me, I don't understand the Eclipse plugin ecosystem regarding hunting and tracking down plugins in the wild, but I will certainly give the marketplace a try based upon the positive comment from the other Netbeans user.

I sure wish Eclipse would get their act together though and just offer a bundle that you can tweek instead of a useless shell that you must build up from scratch. I mean come on, what year is it already? Perhaps the marketplace is a step in the right direction. I will try to feed back in this thread when I give it a try.

Ian Skerrett replied on Wed, 2011/02/02 - 8:14pm in response to: Loren Kratzke

Have you tried one of the Eclipse packages on our download page?  They are collection of base features for different types of users.   They aren't perfect but it is more than a 'useless shell'

Walter Laan replied on Thu, 2011/02/03 - 4:40am in response to: Ian Skerrett

1) I find the option under "Help" confusing (same with Preferences being under the window menu)

2) I didn't use it because I wanted to install a plugin so I picked "Install new software" not marketplace since I didn't want to buy one and already knew which one I wanted. So put it before and call it "Eclipse plugin repository" (maybe remove the Eclipse part since you can find plugin not made by Eclipse there as well).

 3) List it on the welcome screen (I just checked and you get four icon without any explainations what they do until you mouse over. If I go to what's new the marketplace isn't there. It's there on the overview but I wouldn't go there having already closed the welcome view and gone off to Help -> Install New Software.

If it had a link right at the start that says "Eclipse Plugin Repository - click here to install your favorite plugins" I would have clicked it since that's the first thing I want to do after a new install. Other use full links would be "Click here to see what's new" and "Click here to configure you Eclipse preferences".

Loren Kratzke replied on Thu, 2011/02/03 - 2:52pm in response to: Ian Skerrett

Toss me a link. I just see thousands of plugins at a glance. I do JEE on Tomcat, using Spring, Maven, and Subversion. I haven't used Eclipse since it was called VAJ so any primers would be welcome.

Alejandro Dobniewski replied on Sat, 2011/02/05 - 8:13am in response to: Ian Skerrett

They are a good starting point, but when you needed to install many plugins Eclipse used to make it seem like you where building your own Linux distribution. I think the Marketplace is a most welcomed -and needed- addition to Eclipse.

Gar Labs replied on Tue, 2011/08/23 - 9:56am

I’m looking to have a marketplace developed in Drupal - Gar Labs

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