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My Eclipse Plug-in Stopped Working After I Copied It Onto My Linux Box!

February 17, 2009 Leave a comment

I ran into an interesting problem the other day: I was copying my Eclipse workspace from my Windows Vista box to a Linux environment and the plug-in stopped working (when I say not working I mean that I double-clicked on plugin.xml and the Plug-in Development Environment treated it like an empty plug-in: no name., no id, no dependencies…nothing). I have been working on and off on a plug-in, keeping copious notes as I want to blog about the various things I have been doing for future blogs, when I found that the plugin.xml file appeared to be disconnected from the plug-in project itself.

Rather than write my usual wordy post here is the solution: when the plug-in was created/copied on Windows the META-INF/MANIFEST.MF files somehow ended up in lower case. When I copied the workspace to the Linux box the Eclipse plug-in development environment did not know what to make of the new lower case names and so did what any self-respecting IDE would do: Eclipse ignored it.

Rename the folder and file to upper case: META-INF/MANIFEST.MF. The project will come back to life. Life goes on.

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Vampires, Werewolves and Romance or How Stephenie Meyer Invented a New Formula For Teenage Romance Novels

February 17, 2009 2 comments

I am embarrassed to admit it, but I have been reading the Stephanie Meyer teen romance series The Twilight Saga. My niece has already read it twice and there is nothing like a success I don’t understand to make me want to find out more.

Well, my hat is off to Ms. Meyer who has done an excellent job in keeping the series interesting as well as both exciting and adolescent. I admit that the stories take too long to start and there is too much talking at times and not enough showing (is this damning with faint praise?), but she has been clever in so many aspects of her storytelling that I have to cut her a copious amount of slack. The story of the Cullens, Bella Swan and her family, and the Blacks has kept me turning pages long after I thought I would stop.

How much do I like the books? I am starting the fourth in the series, Breaking Dawn
(how cool a title is that?), and I am going to do something only reserved for the books that I find to be the most interesting: I am going to recommend to my daughter (a biochem student at UVM) that she read the series to experience some of the thrill I am sure many of her peers have had even though she is probably too old to really enjoy them (but then so am I and I really have enjoyed them so far).

The Twilight Saga. A teen romance about a teenage girl and a vampire. Whoda thunk?

Great job, Ms. Meyer! Sorry to hear about the fifth book.