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Editing HTML in Flex Builder 3

Rarely have I ever had a need to edit HTML in Flex Builder. Other editors (Dreamweaver, for instance) were always available or I managed to get by with Flex Builder’s built-in plain text editor. Lately, however I’ve been working with HTML and Flex together more often and I decided to hunker down and get an HTML-editor plug-in installed in Flex Builder.

A quick solution was installing the PHP Development Toolkit plug-in (PDT) which could handle not only PHP code hinting and editing (if you needed that sort of thing), but also handled HTML as well.

Here were the steps I had to run through to get the PDT plug-in working in Flex Builder 3. First, we’ll need to install some pre-requisite frameworks and tools (like GEF, EMF and WST):

• First, from within Flex Builder, click

        Help –> Software Updates –> Find and Install –>
        Search for new features to install

• Check Europa Discovery Site and click Finish

• Expand Europa Discovery Site results

• Uncheck “Show the latest version of a feature only

• Find these groups and check the version listed:

        Graphical Editors and Frameworks
          • Graphical Editing Framework 3.3.2

        Java Development
          • Eclipse Java Development Tools 3.3.2

        Models and Model Development
          • Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF) Runtime + End-User Tools 2.3.2
          • XML Schema Infoset Model (XSD) Extender SDK 2.3.2

        Web and JEE Development
          • Web Standard Tools (WST) Project 2.0.2

• Click Next

• Click the I accept the terms in the license agreement radio button

• Click Finish

Now that that’s done, we’ll get on to the PDT installation:

• From within Flex Builder again, click

        Help –> Software Updates –> Find and Install–>
        Search for new features to install

• Click New Remote Site, and type in “PDT” for the name and http://download.eclipse.org/tools/pdt/updates/ for the URL

• Click Finish

• Uncheck “Show the latest version of a feature only

• Expand PDT

• Check PDT SDK 1.0.3 and click Finish

• Restart the Flex Builder workbench

• Once Flex Builder has restarted, click Window in the upper toolbar, then click

        Preferences –> General –> Editors –> File Associations

• Select “.html” and “.htm” and for each extension highlight “HTML Editor” and click Default. .
• Once you’re all done click OK.

That’s it!

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  1. Russ
    March 30th, 2009 at 09:05 | #1

    Thanks for this walk through, I have been wanting to install PDT for a while, but I didn’t know which files from the Europa Discovery site where needed.
    The link you gave for PDT didn’t have PDT on it, so I looked on the eclipse site and got the link for PDT 2.0
    first you need to get the Dynamic Language toolkit update from
    expand the Dynamic Language Toolkit, and select the Core Framework SDK
    after installing that, than I got the PDT 2.0 from
    http://download.eclipse.org/tools/pdt/updates/2.0/, and installed it as you described above

  2. Justin Broomes
    September 26th, 2009 at 07:25 | #3

    Brilliant, thanks very much!

  3. February 7th, 2010 at 17:01 | #4

    Excellent, thanks !
    One more thing – some org…. package was missing for a part of the installation.
    To overcome this problem there is a button on the right of the install window which gets you automatically the required packages when selecting the one which throws an error.
    And right you were > PDT SDK 1.0.3 worked for me, but not PDT SDK 1.0.5 which is why you recomended to Uncheck “Show the latest version of a feature only”.

    4 Thumbs up !

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