Suggested Eclipse Plugins

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If you're completely new to what the FDT + Eclipse platform can offer, a great place to start is the Eclipse Market Place. Here you can learn about and browse existing Eclipse plugins.

Karl Freeman has made a great post called:

Enhance your FDT setup even further with Eclipse plugins & Ant scripts.

Here is our ongoing list of plugins we've tried out and find useful:


Zen Coding Plugin

Zen Coding is an editor plugin for high-speed HTML, XML, XSL (or any other structured code format) coding and editing. The core of this plugin is a powerful abbreviation engine which allows you to expand expressions—similar to CSS selectors—into HTML code.

Our Take: Useful for ANT, XML and MXML (Flex) coding.

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ExploreFS is a tiny plugin (~6KB) that opens a selected file in the folder of the native file manager. It adds "Explore in File System" to the context menu of Eclipse's package explorer, resource navigator, and other views. Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux are supported.

Our Take: Easy access to native file system. A must have.

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BigSource Zarkov

BigSource Zarkov is a compiler wrapper for eclipse to simplify ant tasks. It features ant taskdefinitions with autocompletion for every compilertask. Creating ant targets with the choosen compiler and the comiler specific options will become more comfortable.

Our Take: Some handy tasks if doing your own Ant tasks. It's also a great learning resource for Ant + Flex. Download Site


EGit is an Eclipse Team provider for the Git version control system. Git is a distributed SCM, which means every developer has a full copy of all history of every revision of the code, making queries against the history very fast and versatile. The EGit project is implementing Eclipse tooling on top of the JGit Java implementation of Git.

Our Take: eGit might not be perfect, it is still work in progress, but it is making extremely good progress in the last few months eGit Site

Community Recommendations

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