|It sounds as if Eclipse is similar to IntelliJ. Also, another non-tooling benefit of the ".composite" extension is that it allows people to "eyeball" the filename and know it is a composite from its name. If composites could end in .xml, they would have to open the file to determine that.|
On Jun 24, 2009, at 12:35 PM, Mike Edwards wrote:
I can offer some information regarding Eclipse and composite files, since Eclipse is my development weapon of choice ;-)
It is straightforward to configure Eclipse to recognise .composite files as XML files and to choose which editor to use for
those files. It is also straightforward to configure the Eclipse XML facilities to read the SCA XSDs and provide on-the-fly
validation of the SCDL within the composite files. Dave Booz was most recently using this in anger validating the changes
that were part of some of the Bindings TC issue resolutions.
One point that I make in favour of having a separate file extension of ".composite" is that it is then easy to ensure that the
right tooling is used for composite files. For example, if you want to use the graphical tools from the Eclipse SOA Tools
project, it is possible to associate ".composite" with that editor. If composite files were called ".xml", this would not be
easy since then any general XML file would start up in the SOA Tools editors. While composite files are XML files, they
are also specialized XML files with particular features for which add-on tooling is very useful.
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One thing you may want to check is associating an XML MIME media type
with the composite file. My development tool (IDEA IntelliJ) can be
configured to recognize composite files as XML documents allowing me
to use its built-in XML refactoring capabilities such as syncing
referenced Java class names with source code. I'm not sure about other
tools, but I believe Eclipse should be able to do this too.
On Jun 24, 2009, at 7:09 AM, Anish Karmarkar wrote:
> This is the feedback from our development team:
> The specification requires that the composite file extension
> be .composite. This is overly restrictive. Specifically, allowing it
> to be .xml allows existing tools to deal with it without any
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