We've extended Eclipse. So far, though, only we can use our plug-in, and we only can use it in a run-time workspace. The next stage on the Contribution Circle is to move from Extender to Publisher by making our plug-in available to others. Then we will have contributed to the Eclipse community. We will have closed the circle.
In this chapter we will
Package the plug-in for use on our machine
Package the plug-in for installation by others (a feature)
Package the feature for downloading and installation (an update site)
When running the plug-in in the run-time workspace, we just run the class files. The advantage of this is we can quickly make and test a change. To run in the host workspace the classes need to ...