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Finding which Android features and plugins are installed into Eclipse
Summary
Eclipse is but a collection of plugins and Google provides various plugins via the Android Development Toolkit. This article looks at finding the plugins that are currently installed into your Eclipse environment.
 
Table of Contents

About Eclipse Platform

Figure 1. About Eclipse Platform

Feature Details

Figure 2. About Eclipse Platform Features

Figure 3. Plugins for Android Development Toolkit

Plug-in Details

Figure 4. All the Plug-ins from Google

Configuration Details

Figure 5. Configuration Details

 

About Eclipse Platform

By using Help – About Eclipse Platform menu in Eclipse, you can get to the ‘About Eclipse Platform’ dialog box. This dialog box provides buttons to look at the Feature Details, Plug-in Details and Configuration Details.

Figure 1. About Eclipse Platform

Figure 1. About Eclipse Platform

Feature Details

Clicking on the ‘Feature Details’ button opens the ‘About Eclipse Platform Features’ dialog box. This dialog box provides a list of features and their providers. As you can see from the figure below, Google has provided two features here:

  • Android Development Toolkit
  • Android Editors

Figure 2. About Eclipse Platform Features

Figure 2. About Eclipse Platform Features

Clicking on the Plug-in Details in the Features dialog box above will let you know which plug-ins have actually provided these features. For example, selecting the ‘Android Development Toolkit’ Feature and clicking on the ‘Plug-in Details’ button will display the Feature Plug-ins window shown below.

Figure 3. Plugins for Android Development Toolkit

Figure 3. Plugins for Android Development Toolkit

You can see three plug-ins are contributed by the Android Development Toolkit feature:

  • Dalvik Debug Monitoring Service
  • Android Common Plugin
  • Android Development Toolkit

You can also click on the Android icon in the main About box to get to the Android Development Toolkit feature.

Plug-in Details

Another way to get all the plug-ins from a provider is to click on the Plug-in Details button in the main About window of Eclipse.

Figure 4. All the Plug-ins from Google

Figure 4. All the Plug-ins from Google

As you can see all the plug-ins from Google are listed here (these are from the release android-sdk_m5_rc14):

  • Android Editors (com.android.ide.eclipse.editors)
  • Android Common Plugin (com.android.ide.eclipse.common)
  • Dalvik Debug Monitor Service (com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms)
  • Android Development Toolkit (com.android.ide.eclipse.adt)

Configuration Details

And, finally, you can find out how Eclipse is currently configured by clicking on the ‘Configuration Details’ button. You can see this configuration information stretch on in the ‘Configuration Details’ dialog box shown below.

Figure 5. Configuration Details

Figure 5. Configuration Details

In this vast ocean of configuration information, you can see some Android related information. Following are some pieces of that configuration information:

The path information:
java.library.path= … D:\android\android-sdk_m5-rc14_windows\tools; …

*** Features:
com.android.ide.eclipse.adt (0.4.0.200802081635) "Android Development Toolkit"
com.android.ide.eclipse.editors (0.2.0.200802081635) "Android Editors"

*** Plug-in Registry:
com.android.ide.eclipse.adt (0.4.0.200802081635) "Android Development Toolkit" [Active]
com.android.ide.eclipse.common (0.1.0.200802081635) "Android Common Plugin" [Active]
com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms (0.3.0.200802081635) "Dalvik Debug Monitor Service" [Active]
com.android.ide.eclipse.editors (0.2.0.200802081635) "Android Editors" [Active]

Configured plug-ins:
  file:/D:/eclipse/plugins/com.android.ide.eclipse.adt_0.4.0.200802081635.jar
  file:/D:/eclipse/plugins/com.android.ide.eclipse.common_0.1.0.200802081635.jar
  file:/D:/eclipse/plugins/com.android.ide.eclipse.ddms_0.3.0.200802081635.jar
  file:/D:/eclipse/plugins/com.android.ide.eclipse.editors_0.2.0.200802081635.jar

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