Community help request: Filling the Plugin Development FAQ

Hello everyone,

Here's one more attempt to improve the state of our plugin development documentation.
:) The archive of this forum is one of the largest sources of plugin development
infromation available, but it's not always easy to find useful information
in it. To improve the situation, I've created a Confluence page to serve
as a topical index for the forum archives:
http://www.jetbrains.net/confluence/display/IDEADEV/PluginDevelopmentFAQ

The archive is very large, and I don't think I would be able to review all
of it by myself. However, quite a lof of information in old threads still
applies to current versions of IntelliJ IDEA, and we'd like to make it accessible
if possible. And this is where we could use some help from the community. :)

If you would like to help, you can claim some range of dates (for example,
October-December 2006), review all topics in the OpenAPI forum made in these
dates, and send me a categorized list of links to threads which you consider
worthy of including in the FAQ. For each thread, please also state a question
that is answered by the thread, similar to how it's done in the existing FAQ.

This should be quite easy to do, and I hope that we'll be able to build a
very useful FAQ together fairly quickly.

I claim 2007 for myself. :)

Thanks in advance for your help!

--
Dmitry Jemerov
Software Developer
JetBrains, Inc.
http://www.jetbrains.com/
"Develop with Pleasure!"


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IMHO providing and keeping up-to-date JavaDoc is atleast as important as external documentation

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Hello Yann,

IMHO providing and keeping up-to-date JavaDoc is atleast as important
as external documentation


Of course it is. Let's not discuss it again. :)

I started the plugin development FAQ because, in my opinion, it has a very
good effort/benefit ratio, and, even better, the effort is easy to distribute.
Even a few hours spent going through the forum archives will make a difference
for future plugin developers looking for information.

--
Dmitry Jemerov
Software Developer
JetBrains, Inc.
http://www.jetbrains.com/
"Develop with Pleasure!"


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Count me in for the October-December 2006 period.

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all topics in the OpenAPI forum
made in these dates,

It looks like many questions were answered no just on OpenAPI forum,
but also in the jetbrains.intellij.plugins forum.

Of course that forum contains many plug-in announcements too, but also
many questions that are not specific to a plug-in but to the OpenAPI (since
the OpenAPI was required to develop those plug-ins :) ).

Ahmed.

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This reminds me a bit of Jeopardy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeopardy!) ;)

Will have a look over April-September 2006.

Sascha

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Here's one more attempt to improve the state of our plugin development
documentation. :)

Also, IMHO you should put this announcement/request for help on all the other
forums too (EAP and plug-in) since many users might miss this one.

Ahmed.

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:)

I'll take January-March 2006.


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do we have to have any knowledge of the topics or is this just a categorization task?

This is a great idea.

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softwarevisualization

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Hello softwarevisualization,

do we have to have any knowledge of the topics or is this just a
categorization task?


Mostly a categorization task. Some knowledge of the topics helps to understand
what was asked and whether the answer is satisfactory. :)

--
Dmitry Jemerov
Software Developer
JetBrains, Inc.
http://www.jetbrains.com/
"Develop with Pleasure!"


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I'll take October 2005- December 2005

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I'll claim June 2005-September 2005 if you don't mind ;)

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Hello Dmitry,

there was a discussion about providing patches to OpenAPI-sources. Now that we have LocalVCS diff functionality, would this work for JB?

Greetings,
Yann

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Hello Yann,

there was a discussion about providing patches to OpenAPI-sources. Now
that we have LocalVCS diff functionality, would this work for JB?


We'll be happy to accept good quality patches regardless of how exactly they
were created. :)

--
Dmitry Jemerov
Software Developer
JetBrains, Inc.
http://www.jetbrains.com/
"Develop with Pleasure!"


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