Many people have wondered, “just what are the enhancements to CFEclipse?”. Well I asked myself that same question and began to do a little research to find the answers. So I will present to you a few of the enhancements you will find in the CFEclipse 1.3 update. I will alos include my personal experience with those features as I make use of them.
Methods View: A new panel has been added that allows you to see and include your ColdFusion CFC methods. I've used it and it works resonalbly well. I have been using such a functionality in Dreamweaver for a while. I'm glad to see it now in CFEclipse. You can find the Methods View by Selecting Window > Other Views. Then within the Show View window Expand the CFML tree node and Select “Methods View”. now Click on the OK button.
Code Snippets: Once again, this is a functionality that I've used in Dreamweaver for quite some time. You can find the Snip Tree View by Selecting Window > Other Views. Then within the Show View window Expand the CFML tree node and Select “Snip Tree View”. now Click on the OK button.
Many developers tend to “put down” Dreamweaver for many reasons. However, as a developer and dessigner I still find Dreamweaver quite useful. As CFEclipse adds more and more functionality I will then look to make a complete move from Dreamweaver to Flex Builder 2 or Eclipse, using the CFEclipse plugin for ColdFusion development. Until then I use each tool in the appropriate setting to achive my goal.
I will have more for you in the near future as I explore what the new release of CFEclipse has to offer.