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Eclipse Rich Client Platform, Second Edition by Chris Aniszczyk, Jean-Michel Lemieux, Jeff McAffer

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Chapter 24. Building Hyperbola

Up to this point you have been using the PDE Export Product wizard to create end-user-deliverable versions of Hyperbola. As the Hyperbola product grows and has more configurations, and there are more developers working on it, there’s a pressing need for automated, reproducible, and accessible builds.

Building Eclipse systems by hand is somewhat challenging and tedious. The compile-time classpath for any given plug-in includes the code from all its prerequisites. Just computing the classpath and build order is hard. Mix in variations such as different source locations (e.g., projects in the workspace, checked out from CVS in the file system, or both) and the myriad of output packaging options and you need help. ...

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