Using Eclipse


Eclipse is somewhat different to the rest of the IDEs because it allows to compile classes on the fly. But yet still Ext-Scripting and Eclipse are a good combination, but several things have to be taken into consideration.

  • Ext-Scripting does its own incremental compile cycle depending on the sources changed
  • Deployment and Redeployment is not needed as long as Ext-Scripting itself can pick up the changes

Setting up Eclipse


  • make sure that your project compiles properly and can be properly deployed from eclipse. Turn off any auto deployment mechanisms which might trigger unnecessary restarts.
  • If you use scripting languages make sure to have the proper plugin installed for the scripting language of your choice

Setting up Ext-Scripting specifics

If you only have one sourcepath you might have a look at the package whitelisting to mark only the packages you actively want to edit for this deployment cycle. This speeds up startup time and helps generally to avoid restarts.

If you use different paths then you can work by including the added source paths as sources like WEB-INF/java or WEB-INF/groovy (not classes compiled via Ext-Scripting always have higher loading priority than what can be found in WEB-INF/classes), so there is no need to change any target directories source directories always are enough.

You can leave your compile target directory unchanged

If you prefer your own source paths to be the sources of everything set the or org.apache.myfaces.extensions.scripting.groovy.LOADER_PATHS accordingly in your web.xml the same goes for the resource roots.

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