OS.bee Software Factory Installation Neon

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Installation of the Software Factory

Before you start

Java Version

To be able to use the OS.bee Software Factory, you need to have the right Java version installed.

You can find the appropriate Java 8 version here

If you have Java installed, there is generally a Java icon on the control panel which will enable you to find out the current version.

Eclipse Version

To be able to use the OS.bee Software Factory, you need to have the correct Eclipse Neon version installed. You can use Eclipse Neon 3 Java Developers. Download and extract it to a folder location of your choosing. On Windows, we recommend C:\. This results in the installation folder C:\eclipse. This will be the assumed Eclipse installation folder for the rest of this document.

To be able to launch Eclipse easily, create a shortcut on the computer's desktop to the program C:\eclipse\eclipse.exe. Be sure to add the parameter -data /path/to/your/workspace to the shortcut's invocation of Eclipse in order to start in the correct workspace in the future. Otherwise, you will be prompted to specify a workspace each time you start Eclipse.

Make the following change to the eclipse.ini file found in the C:\eclipse folder:


This line allocates extra memory for Eclipse to use.

A resulting eclipse.ini file for a Windows installation might look like this:

<existing lines above>

OS.bee P2 Repository

Installation of the OS.bee Software Factory

  1. Start the new Eclipse installation and select or define a workspace in the Menu under File/Switch Workspace. It is important that each Eclipse installation is assigned to its own workspace.


  2. Go to the menu bar and select Help -> Install New Software....


  3. Get the link to the repository from the download page, activate the checkbox if you agree to our Terms of Service and Use and if you are not a consumer. Click on one of the subsequently enabled buttons, copy the link and paste it into the field labeled Work with:. Then, press Enter to make Eclipse load the content of the repository.


  4. Expand the OS.bee Software Factory group, select the OS.bee Software Factory and click on Next.


  5. In the installation dialog, confirm the software to be installed by clicking on Next.


  6. Accept the terms of the license agreement after reading them carefully, and then confirm the dialog by clicking on Finish.


  7. The installation will now begin. This may take a while, depending on your Internet connection speed and your hardware.


  8. After the software has been downloaded, confirm the "Security Warning" dialog by clicking on OK.


  9. The following question will arise:

    Softwarefactory Target Installation Trust Question.png

    Select all checkboxes and click OK to continue.
  10. You will then be prompted to restart Eclipse. Please do so.


  11. After the restart of Eclipse, you might be asked to allow Eclipse to communicate to various networks. Please allow at least the private networks.


  12. The next question is about JBoss Tools usage statistics. You can give your preferred answer.


Set the Target Platform for the OS.bee Software Factory

  1. Check if the workspace you are using is the one you selected above when first opening Eclipse. If not, open the right one.

  2. Set the target platform here: Menu -> Window -> Preferences. Then go to Plug-in Development -> Target Platform.
    You can use "Target" as the filter text.
  3. Click on Add... to add a new target definition.


  4. Select "Default: ..." and click on Next.


  5. Click on Add... to add content, select Software Site and click on Next.


  6. For the Software Site, use the same URL that was previously saved to the clipboard and press enter.

  7. Select OS.bee Softwarefactory - Target,
    uncheck the Include required software checkbox and click on Finish.


  8. Do not forget to activate your newly created target definition!


  9. Restart Eclipse. You can use Menu -> File -> Restart to do so.

Setting preferences in Eclipse

Git settings

In case you're using git, be sure to uncheck the automatic git-ignore for derived files, otherwise generated files will not be checked in:

DS Annotations

  1. It is neccessary to activate the generation of descriptors based on DS Annotations.
  2. Go to Window -> Preferences in your Eclipse IDE, enter ds in the filter field and then click on DS Annotations.
  3. Activate the Generate descriptors from annotated sources checkbox.


JDK Settings

Please check the JDK settings in case you have multiple Java versions installed on your machine.

  1. Go to Window -> Preferences in your Eclipse IDE, enter java in the filter field, click on Installed JREs and then click on Search....


  2. Locate your JDK 1.8 (on Windows it's usually under C:\Program Files\Java\...) and click OK.


  3. Select the newly added JDK and click on Apply, then on OK.


Java Settings

Please ensure that the java Compiler Building settings are as follows:


Maven Settings

For developers only!

Maven requires some settings in a file called settings.xml. The file is usually expected by Eclipse to be located in the m2 folder in the user's home folder.

  1. You can start with the following content of the settings.xml file (don't forget to replace the xxxx with the appropriate repo names):
     <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
     <settings xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/SETTINGS/1.0.0"
    	xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/SETTINGS/1.0.0 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/settings-1.0.0.xsd">
    	<!-- TODO: adapt the local path to your personal favourite -->
    		<!-- mirror | Specifies a repository mirror site to use instead of a given 
    			repository. The repository that | this mirror serves has an ID that matches 
    			the mirrorOf element of this mirror. IDs are used | for inheritance and direct 
    			lookup purposes, and must be unique across the set of mirrors. | <mirror> 
    			<id>mirrorId</id> <mirrorOf>repositoryId</mirrorOf> <name>Human Readable 
    			Name for this Mirror.</name> <url>http://my.repository.com/repo/path</url> 
    			</mirror> -->
    		<!-- not working mirrors p2: Gemini DBaccess maven: central.maven.org, -->
    			<id>Apache Mirror</id>
    	<!-- profiles | This is a list of profiles which can be activated in a variety 
    		of ways, and which can modify | the build process. Profiles provided in the 
    		settings.xml are intended to provide local machine- | specific paths and 
    		repository locations which allow the build to work in the local environment. 
    		| | For example, if you have an integration testing plugin - like cactus 
    		- that needs to know where | your Tomcat instance is installed, you can provide 
    		a variable here such that the variable is | dereferenced during the build 
    		process to configure the cactus plugin. | | As noted above, profiles can 
    		be activated in a variety of ways. One way - the activeProfiles | section 
    		of this document (settings.xml) - will be discussed later. Another way essentially 
    		| relies on the detection of a system property, either matching a particular 
    		value for the property, | or merely testing its existence. Profiles can also 
    		be activated by JDK version prefix, where a | value of '1.4' might activate 
    		a profile when the build is executed on a JDK version of '1.4.2_07'. | Finally, 
    		the list of active profiles can be specified directly from the command line. 
    		| | NOTE: For profiles defined in the settings.xml, you are restricted to 
    		specifying only artifact | repositories, plugin repositories, and free-form 
    		properties to be used as configuration | variables for plugins in the POM. 
    		| | -->
    				<!-- where to deploy the release artifacts -->
    				<!-- where to deploy the snapshot artifacts -->
    					<name>Compex Nexus Release</name>
    					<name>Compex Snapshots</name>
    					<name>Compex Nexus Snapshots</name>
    					<name>Compex Nexus Release</name>
    					<id>Compex Internal P2 OSbee</id>
    					<!-- use the URL you installed the softwarefactory from -->
    	<!-- activeProfiles | List of profiles that are active for all builds. | 
    		<activeProfiles> <activeProfile>alwaysActiveProfile</activeProfile> <activeProfile>anotherAlwaysActiveProfile</activeProfile> 
    		</activeProfiles> -->
  2. Go to Eclipse Preferences -> Maven -> User Settings and enter the path to the settings.xml file in the User settings section.

You can now continue with OS.bee Software Factory Samples

Adding a new workspace to an existing Eclipse installation

If you want to use an additional workspace with your Eclipse installation, you can simply do this by

This can be done for as many workspaces as you want to use.

General information

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License information

The OS.bee Software Factory is distributed under a commercial license.

The product itself is based on the OSBP Software Factory which is an Eclipse project. In addition, the software depends on several other open source projects, and the entire list of licenses used can be found here.