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Eclipse Remote Systems FTP issues

I recently installed Nodeclipse for developing Node.js. Nice little editor with some code hinting and quick Node run command.

Due to my development requirements (and laziness) I wanted to work with the remote JS files using FTP. Nodeclipse does not support FTP out of the box. Enter "Remote System Explorer" for Eclipse.

The plugin installed easily. I entered my connection details. The console started showing my connection status and directory listings. However, attempting to explore the FTP site resulted in a generic "file system input or output error" and/or "".

After some searching I found that the issue actually lies with the underlying Java VM used by Eclipse (Nodeclipse). I'd upgraded to JRE7 and there seems to be a bug in this release that causes an incompatibility with Eclipse.

I changed my shortcut to force Nodeclipse to use an install of JRE6 BIN folder.

eclipse.exe -vm "C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin"

NOTE: Ensure you are using the appropriate architecture (32-bit OR 64-bit) when matching JRE6 to Eclipse

Eclipse 3.5 (Galileo) Won't Start / Splash Screen Crashes

I ran across an interesting problem using Eclipse 3.5 (Galileo).

After an unexpected crash caused by an unrelated program, I was forced to reboot my computer.

After the reboot I could not get Eclipse to start. The splash screen was visible and then it would disappear.

Eclipse was not in the Task Manager.

It simply didn't start.


Eclipse CSS Editor

Started searching around for a good CSS editor plugin for Eclipse. I've used Aptana in the past, but was very disappointed. Mostly due to Aptana's intrusive takeover of my Eclipse IDE. I wanted something simple that provided some code highlighting.

Enter Project Amateras. An Eclipse based HTML editor. Has all the usual charactaristics of a good code editor:

  • HTML/CSS/Javascript code assist
  • Code highlighting
  • Code folding

Very nice and FREE plugin.

Word inside Eclipse.

If you have Word installed and you attempt to open a Word document from within Eclipse it will open the document inside the Eclipse IDE using object linking and embedding (OLE). I searched the web for a way to force Eclipse to open the editor outside of the IDE. I ended up fixing the problem myself. It was pretty easy, but I thought I would put it here in case someone else is looking for the solution.

Inside the Eclipse IDE:

  1. Goto Window > Preferences
  2. General > Editors > File Associations
  3. Click 'Add' to add a new file type
  4. Type *.doc into the File Type field provided
  5. With the *.doc file type selected, click the 'Add' button next to the Associated Editor box
  6. Ensure that the External Programs radio button is selected
  7. If Microsoft Word is not listed by default, you may need to use the browse button to located the Word.exe file

NOTE: You will need to repeat the steps for .docx files if you are using Word 2007.

That's it! Pretty easy. I love Eclipse!