June 11, 2006
There are a lot of blogs out there with a lot of useful stuff – code snippets, hints and tips, mini-tutorials and howtos on this open source component and that tool.
Wouldn’t it be great if, having come across a useful code snippet or component related howto, there was a way to insert the necessary bits directly into the Eclipse project you’re working on. These bits might include Java classes, the latest jars for a component etc. I’m imagining a plugin that could set all these artifacts up in the selected project, including making appropriate changes to the build properties and whatever, and some sort of server side descriptor that describes the artifacts in question and where to get them. So the blog entry would have a link to the descriptor.
The only issue I see with this might be security, I guess some bad folks might put malicious components out there and create tempting blog entries to entice hapless programmers to download, build and run the latest whatever, but then steal their credit card details or something. This could probably be overcome with the usual trust/signing mechanisms – but that might be a bit too expensive/inconvenient for publishers. Not sure what the answer to this is, but I reckon this would be a great help for folks.
So I suppose this is kind of a distributed, expert exchange, remote assist, write my code for me stylie thing 🙂
If you think this is a good idea, let me know, and maybe we can start a project to build this.