Eclipse IDE Plugin
So far, its aparent that the identity of env3d is linked to bluej. BlueJ is an excellent learning development platform, but it lacks a lot of features that are industry standard. As far as I am aware, the two biggest development platforms are Eclipse and Netbeans. Netbeans is older, but Eclipse has surpassed it in popularity and support.
Only recently I switched from BlueJ to netbeans and I very much appreciated how powerful it was. I decided that I would like to incorporate the feature of uploading directly to env3d.org like is available through bluej, but having never programmed my own plugin before I didn't even know where to begin.
After consulting with JMadar, together we came to the conclusion it made more sense to go with Eclipse because of its larger audience and the fact there is already an android development plugin working that env3d could hook into.
So be it, my goal for the summer is to write a working plugin that incorporates all of the env3d bluej plugin features in Eclipse, and hopefully a few extras. At the very least I hope that the plugin will offer support for creating a new env3d project, uploading directly to env3d.org as either an applet or webstart, and deploying env3d projects as android apps.
I also hope to keep a record of my learning curve here on my env3d blog, so check back to keep up to date on my progress.
Let the eclipse plugin development commence!