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Chapter 2. Eclipse Plugin
The Eclipse plugin for eReport was created to help create the eReport XML
definition file. It includes a visual designer as well as a text view. You
can run the Parser from within eclipse to create your spreadsheet. To use
the plugin you must have the Eclipse GEF plugin 2.1 installed.
Eclipse Plugin Installation
If you do not have Eclipse 2.1 or the GEF 2.1 plugin you will have to get
them from www.eclipse.org. Once
you have Eclipse installed you can download the eReport plugin (The plugin is
in the file sharing area of
ereport.tigris.org). Once you have downloaded the plugin you extract
the eReport zip file in your Eclipse plugins directory. This will create two
To get started with eReport you need an open project. If you do not have a
existing project you can create a new one by clicking on File, selecting New
and clicking Project. If this project is only for eReport use select Simple
and click the Next button. From here you give your project a name and click
finish. Once you have an open project you can use the eReport wizard to get a
template eReport definition file. To start the wizard click on File select
New and click Other. Choose Simple and select eReport Wizard and click the
Next button. If needed choose a folder and give the eReport definition file a
name or use the defaults. Click finish and the wizard will create skeleton
eReport definition file and open it for you.
To use all the features of the visual designer you should open a properties
view, outline view, navigator view, and eReport Console View. These are all
available from the window menu if they are not already open (you may have to
click other to see all available options). To add Elements to the visual
designer you click on the Element you want on the pallete and then click on the
visual designer where you want to drop the Element. The properties view allows
you to modify the value of each Element and its attributes. You can also edit
the XML file by hand by choosing to edit the file in source mode by using the
source tab. Once you have your definition file created you can create your
excel file by clicking File and then Run XML to run the parser.