Equinox p2 User Interface Feedback?

Equinox p2 User Interface Feedback?

As we learned from Ian Bull, p2 has come a long way for the Galileo release.

Now that Galileo has shipped, a lot of the Eclipse development teams are going on vacation or starting the planning process. In particular, the p2 team is looking for ideas on how to improve the user interface in Eclipse 3.6 and Helios.

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If you have any problems with the current user interface or would like to see some enhancements, please comment!

Collaboration in open source is a two way street!

If you aren’t convinced that your feedback matters, just asked some of the people that the p2 team thanked on the Eclipse 3.5 acknowledgements list.

  • Posted at 4:34 pm, June 25, 2009

    It doesn’t seem like the new UI allows to install artifacts from multiple update sites (or it isn’t exactly obvious from the current UI), e.g. Mylyn has 3 of them.

    Another thing that annoys me is the use of the group widget around the text area, it is just ugly and I think the UI working group should list that as an antipattern.

  • Posted at 9:34 pm, June 25, 2009

    The feature for searching features works really great. But there is one item I’m really missing – searching particular IUs. It’s pretty common that you want to install single plug-in into your Eclipse setup (especially while doing RCP developement). Search for IUs and ability to install single IU via user interface would be a great enhancement.

  • Posted at 11:19 am, June 26, 2009

    I like the new UI, but I still failed to use existing installations as source, though I understood on JAX09 that this was possible.
    Maybe there can be a “Search Local Drive” button to look for material that is already present on your local drive so that you don’t have to go online to add all those “essentials” again, such as FindBugs, CheckStyle and PMD.

    As target management also involves p2 UI, I would like some sort of integration with build servers, so you can easily retrive and load the parallel streams of other components that you are working on.

  • Posted at 8:37 am, June 28, 2009

    I believe items without a category should be displayed even if the checkbox “”Group
    items by category” is set in the p2 update manager. See https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=281764