Installing Zend Studio for Eclipse 6.1 as a Set of Plugins

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[ Zend Studio for Eclipse 6.1 ]
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Installing Zend Studio for Eclipse 6.1 as a Set of Plug-ins

Zend Studio for Eclipse can be installed as a set of separate plugins on top of an existing Eclipse installation. This allows you to use Zend Studio for Eclipse's features alongside your existing Eclipse-based tools.

Prerequisites

The prerequisites for installing Zend Studio for Eclipse as plugins are:

  • Java 1.5
  • Eclipse 3.4 (Ganymede)

Installation Procedure

The following procedure describes how to install Zend Studio for Eclipse 6.1 on top of Eclipse 3.4:

  1. Launch Eclipse, and go to Window | Preferences | General | Capabilities and mark the Classic Update checkbox. Click Apply to confirm.
  2. Go to Help | Software Updates | Find and Install. The Install/Update dialog opens.
  3. Select Search for new features to install and click Next. A list of available Update sites is displayed.
  4. Click New Remote Site. The New Update Site dialog is displayed.
  5. Enter the following remote site information, and then click OK:
    Name: Zend Update Site
    URL: http://downloads.zend.com/studio-eclipse/updates/6_1

Figure 1 - New Update Site dialog

  1. Repeat steps 4 and 5, add the following SVN-related update sites:
    Name: Subversive
    URL: http://download.eclipse.org/technology/subversive/0.7/update-site/
    Name: Polarion
    URL: http://www.polarion.org/projects/subversive/download/eclipse/2.0/update-site/
    The Zend Studio update site along with SVN-related update sites, containing Zend Studio components, are added to the update sites list.
  2. In the Update sites to visit window (see Figure 2), select the newly created update sites as well as the "Ganymede Discovery Site", and then click Finish.

Figure 2 - Update Sites to Visit

Note:
The Update Site Mirrors dialogs will be displayed only when Automatically select mirrors is not selected. If Automatically select mirrors is selected the site mirror dialogs will not appear. Eclipse searches automatically and decides which mirror is best.

 

Figure 3 - Update Site Mirrors dialog

Note:
In most cases the best choice in the mirror selection dialog is the last entry.

 

  1. After retrieving the information from the selected update sites, the update manager displays the Search Results window. In this window:
    • Expand Polarion | Subversive SVN Connectors and select "SVNKit 1.2.2 Implementation" and "SVNKit 1.3.0 Implementation".
    • Select the entire "Zend Update Site" node.
    • Uncheck the Show the latest version of a feature only checkbox.
  2. Click Select Required. All required features are automatically selected. It may take a few minutes for Eclipse to compute the list of required features.

Figure 4 - Search Results

  1. Click Next to start the installation.
  2. When the Feature Licens screen is displayed, you can browse the license agreements by selecting the desired plugin from the list on the left. If you agree to the terms, select the I accept the terms in the license agreements option and click Next.

Figure 5 - Feature Licenses

 

  1. The Optional Features screen is displayed. Some of the features that were selected are optional features. The components you want to install should be checked. Click Next.

 

Figure 6 - Optional Features list

  1. The Installation screen is displayed, listing the features that will be installed. Click Finish to install all features. The required features will be downloaded and a progress bar will be displayed. This may take considerable time, depending on the update sites availability.

Figure 7 - Feature Install confirmation

  1. A Feature Verification dialog will display with features that contain unrecognized security certificates. Click Install to install the specific feature or Install All to install all features containing Security Certificates.

Figure 8 - Feature Verification dialog

  1. Once installation has completed, a dialog will appear prompting an Eclipse restart. Click Yes to restart Eclipse. All Zend Studio for Eclipse's features will be installed and loaded.

Performance Considerations

The installed features require more system resources that the basic Eclipse installation. It is recommended to increase the Java heap size after Zend Studio plug-ins installation. To do this:

  1. Close Eclipse.
  2. Open  the file eclipse.ini for editing in the Eclipse installation directory.
  3. Find the parameters '-Xms' and '-Xmx' that define the minimum and the maximum heap size for Eclipse (the default values are 40 and 256 MB, respectively).
  4. Change the parameters as in the example below:
    -Xms256m
    -Xmx512m
  5. Save the file and start Eclipse.

Registering a license

Once you have completed the plug-in installation, Zend Studio for Eclipse's features will be available for a 30 day trial. At the end of the 30 day trial, the professional features will be disabled. These include refactoring, getter and setter generation, new PHP element creation wizards, Zend Framework integration, profiling, PHPUnit testing, Zend Platform integration, debugging through tunneling, advanced code formatting, code galleries, organizing include statements, PHP/HTML WYSIWYG, and more. To register a valid license and activate all Zend Studio for Eclipse features, go to Help | Register and enter a valid license key.

You can purchase a Zend Studio for Eclipse license from the Zend Store at http://www.zend.com/en/store/software/studio.

Notice

A variety of 3rd party plugins can be installed on Eclipse that have never been tested alongside the Zend Studio for Eclipse plugins and may have an adverse effect on the Zend Studio plugins' behavior.

 


Excerpt: Zend Studio for Eclipse can be installed as a set of separate plugins on top of an existing Eclipse installation. This allows you to use Zend Studio for Eclipse's features alongside your existing Eclipse-based tools.


Original Post Date: 2010-02-15 18:18:56

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Zend Studio for Eclipse can be installed as a set of separate plugins on top of an existing Eclipse installation. This allows you to use Zend Studio for Eclipse's features alongside your existing Eclipse-based tools.

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