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Eclipse Platform Plug-in Development Environment Guide
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Fragment Project Structure

The Project Structure wizard page allows you to specify the project name, location, settings and target.

Fragment Structure

Project Name

When choosing a name for the fragment project, the reverse naming domain convention (e.g. is recommended - but not enforced by PDE.

Project Location

The default location for the fragment project is a subdirectory nested inside the workspace location. To change the location, uncheck the Use default location checkbox and enter the location of your choice.

Project Settings

Whether or not a fragment project should be created as a Java project depends on whether the fragment will contribute code. Fragment projects that contribute code are housed inside a Java project. Other plug-ins, such as documentation plug-ins do not contribute code and can therefore be contained in simple projects.

Eclipse vs. OSGi Framework

The Eclipse vs. OSGi framework choice acts as pre-filter to determine what initial pages will be visible in the plug-in manifest editor when it opens.

Since the extension registry is Eclipse-specific content, the Extensions and Extension Points pages of the manifest editor are visible only when the Eclipse version option is chosen.

Equinox vs. Standard

When targeting an OSGi framework, you have a choice between the Equinox and standard frameworks. The Equinox OSGi framework augments the MANIFEST.MF content with Eclipse-specific headers (e.g. Eclipse-LazyStart) and directives (e.g. x-friends). If you do not wish to use these Eclipse-specific headers and attributes, then choose the standard option.

Working Sets

For convenience, plug-in projects can easily be associated with working sets which are defined in the workbench.

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