We have to start from the beginning. And that is by making sure Eclipse is installed. If you are starting anew, then head on over to www.eclipse.org to get the goods. I will move on as the installation of Eclipse is not my focus here. However, I will say that getting in place on my MacBook Pro took no longer than 5 minutes (that is because I walked away as it was expanding the tarball.
Ok, next, Eclipse is in, what else? Team Explorer Everywhere is the key player here. Ok, so in a full blown formal environment (unlike my test for documentation purposes) you will have a Team Explorer Everywhere license key, with that said, yes I am using a trial version. However, you can get TEE from here … http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=af1f5168-c0f7-47c6-be7a-2a83a6c02e57&displaylang=en
From the download you will find two items that are important:
- TEE-CLC-10.0.0.zip: CLC = Command Line Client, our good old friend TF lives here.
- TFSEclipsePlugin-UpdateSiteArchive-10.0.0.zip: As the names says it, this is the Plug-in to get the Eclipse IDE talking to TFS and therefore having access to Team Explorer. The next set of instructions talks to this process.
We got our environment ready for action and our downloads and prep are done.
Installing the plug-in
This is what we’ll see upon opening Eclipse
Then, we need to make the TFS plug-in be available within Eclipse. To do this, we need to go to the Help menu, click on Install New Software. When the Install dialog appears, click on Add, the Add Repository dialog opens, then select Local, and provide the path to the TFSEclipsePlugin-UpdateSiteArchive-10.0.0.zip file.
The we follow the prompts and go through the Install dialog
Accept the License agreement to continue
Once this is complete, restart Eclipse.