Launching XDE for the first time
If your new to Eclipse and XDE, you may not be sure how you start the tool. This tutorial gives a quick overview of how to launch XDE. Note that eclipse can be configured to use various startup options. This guide will start XDE with the default configuration. To read more details about running eclipse, see the eclipse documentation. This tutorial also assumes you have an installtion of the Java Runtime Environment(JRE) on your machine.
As a new eclipse user on Windows, you will start with a zip file containing the SDK. E.g. XDE SDK 1.0.284.zip To run XDE, we must first unzip this using a tool such as WinZip. The expanded directory structure should be similar to shown below. For running eclipse, we are interested in the eclipse.exe file. Simply, double click this to start. You will see the eclipse splash screen and be prompted for a workspace location. Select the default for now. Eclipse will load and you can start using XDE.
As a new eclipse user on Linux, you will start with an archive containing the SDK. E.g. XDE SDK 1.0.284.tar.gz To run XDE, we must first extract this using your prefered archive tool. For instance, using tar do: tar xvfz XDE SDK 1.0.284.tar.gz. On Linux we are interested in the binary file named eclipse. We run this file, specifying the location of our (JRE) using th -vm flag/ For instance: ./eclipse -vm /opt/java/jdk1.6.0_21/bin.
As with on Windows, you will see the eclipse splash screen and be prompted for a workspace location. Select the default to start using XDE.
The Workspace #
During startup you were prompted to select a workspace location. The workspace is the place where any projects will be created when using XDE. This should be seperate from your XDE install, allowing you to upgrade XDE or install a complete new version without affecting your XDE code.