A key piece of any Eclipse® based tooling is the ability to provide plugin installation and updates through the Eclipse update mechanism. With a properly structured update site and tool structure, plug-in authors can allow end-users to install their tool directly into an existing Eclipse installation on the user’s machine. In addition, the plug-in author can post incremental updates of their tool to the update site, and end-users can discover and download these updates rather than download the full install on every update. The process is straightforward and seamless to the end user, as the functionality resides directly inside their tooling environment. There is no need to go to the web to figure out if an update is even available. You can simply download it, install it and restart the tool.
For various reasons, until now Eclipse update sites for our BlackBerry plug-in for Eclipse-based tools have only been available to North American users. In addition, users were prompted many times for their BlackBerry Developer Zone credentials in order to download a single package.
We are pleased to announce that Eclipse update sites for our Eclipse-based tools are now available for use around the world, and you will only be prompted once per downloaded product for your BlackBerry Developer Zone credentials. All you need to take advantage of the update sites is ensure that you download the appropriate Eclipse version for the java and web Eclipse tools, plug the update site URLs into the Eclipse update manager, and follow the bouncing ball.
Detailed instructions and the appropriate update site URLs can be found in the tooling sections at: www.blackberry.com/developers