sling-dev mailing list archives

Site index · List index
Message view « Date » · « Thread »
Top « Date » · « Thread »
From Andreas Schaefer <>
Subject Re: Sling Tooling IDE and IntelliJ
Date Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:42:00 GMT
On another note I created a OSGi Bundle with Sling-Initial-Content and it deploys
and works just fine. That said using the latest Eclipse with the Sling Plugin trying
to deploy it fails as it tells me that I am missing a META-INF/MANIFEST.MF.

!ENTRY 2 0 2017-11-24 09:34:33.327
!MESSAGE Project P/sling-initial-content-bundle does not have a META-INF/MANIFEST.MF (yet)
- not publishing this time

Any way to make this deploy?

Am I correct assuming that the Sling Plugin on Eclipse should deploy a module
automatically or does it require a “Publish” on the Server?

Cheer - Andy Schaefer

> On Nov 23, 2017, at 2:56 PM, Andreas Schaefer <> wrote:
> Hi Robert
> See my notes inlined:
>> On Nov 22, 2017, at 1:25 AM, Robert Munteanu <> wrote:
>> Hi Andreas,
>> On Tue, 2017-11-21 at 15:42 -0800, Andreas Schaefer wrote:
>>> Hi
>>> Last and this year I am working on a IntelliJ Plugin to help develop
>>> Sling / AEM
>>> projects. Since the start I ran into issue with the Sling Tooling IDE
>>> code base
>>> as the code is geared towards Eclipse and its use of OSGi. Despite
>>> several
>>> tries to come up with a resolution to create a code base that would
>>> work equally
>>> all for IntelliJ and Eclipse there was not progress made towards a
>>> solution.
>> Yes, I am aware of that :-( I still don't have a good answer on how to
>> build AEM and IntelliJ plugins together. If you have examples or ideas
>> how to do that I'd be happy to work towards that goal.
>> The idea would be simple: allow plain Maven artifacts to be consumed by
>> both an IntelliJ Maven build and an Eclipse Maven build. This is
>> currently complicated due to the Tycho/p2 implementation which requires
>> p2 update sites over http.
> There are a few things that I needs to be done:
> 1. Make common code like impl-vlt eclipse agnostic. If you want or need
> an Activator / Logger then we can create an interface and then you wrap
> this in an eclipse module.
> 2. Shared code that interacts with the IDE needs to be written in a way
> that each plugin can extend or delegate it and the common code is left
> in a non-eclipse module. IntelliJ right now uses a class that contains common
> IDE code and its access to the remote server. Then IntelliJ plugin is
> extending that class providing the integration with IntelliJ.
> I would be willing to create the same wrapper for Eclipse if someone can
> show where to find the necessary Eclipse code like IServer, IFile etc and 
> the implementation of it. I tried to find it but could not find in a reasonable
> amount of time.
>>> That said since then there are other issues that came up which make
>>> developing
>>> and using an Plugin difficult:
>>> 1. There is no support for developing and deploying parts of a Sling
>>> Content Bundle
>>> as the only way to deploy content is building and deploying the
>>> bundle.
>> What do you mean by Content Bundle? If you are talking about bundles
>> using the content loader [1], then support is there for deployment.
>> When a bundle is deployed, all output resources should be gathered in
>> the output directory and the proper manifest generated. The only
>> limitation I'm aware of is while working in debug mode [2].
> Ok, I will take a Content Bundle and test that.
>>> 2. IntelliJ (and I assume Eclipse) Plugin cannot import resources
>>> from Sling / AEM
>>> from a Sling Content Bundle
>> With the same understanding of content bundles, we only support content
>> packages. That was the pattern we saw most used developing AEM and
>> Sling apps, and that is the one we support right now.
> If my content is stored in a SLING-INF folder can I import a resource
> from Sling using the plugin?
>>> 3. IntelliJ and Sling (AFAIK) do not support OSGi bundle deployment
>>> as part of a
>>> JCR Package which can lead to problems with OSGi bundles in Sling
>>> (not sure about
>>> AEM). This is an general issue with embedded bundles when they are
>>> deployed
>>> both as embedded and standalone archive.
>> I'm curious, why would you want to deploy an OSGi bundle when working
>> on a content package? I would rather configure them as bundle modules
>> and allow deployment to work independently of content packages.
>> Is it only because the bundle is deployed by both the JCR installer and
>> then also via the Web Console? If so, I'd like to hear some examples of
>> what goes wrong, to see if we can fix them or work around them.
> Having my bundles embedded inside a Content Package is to make sure
> that both are in sync. For example if I updated my page (resource) as well
> as the Sling Model it uses then I can deploy it together. 
> I installed Eclipse Oxygen, the latest from Sling (Git) and started it. Then
> I took a sling project that has a core (OSGi bundle) and an ui.apps that
> has the core embedded but also contains resources. When I deploy this
> manually (via Maven) then any updates to the core bundle will not be
> taken effect in Sling until I deploy it again from Maven.
> This is AFAIK due to the fact that the bundle from the package overrides
> any deployments directly to the OSGi container and this is also a problem
> if someone deploys the bundle manually or through bundle deployment
> tool after a JCR package with that bundle is deployed.
> A plugin should be able to deploy the bundle as part of the package
> from within the plugin if embedded bundles are supported in Sling.
>>> This list makes me think that the Sling Tooling IDE module is not
>>> actively developed
>>> anymore. Please let me know what you plans are so we can adjust it on
>>> our end.
>> The IDE tooling is actively developed, just not at the pace it used to
>> be. Most 'core' features are there, and we're now mostly doing
>> polishing, maintenance, and incremental fixes.
>> Hope that answers you questions.
>> Robert
>> [1]:
>> -contentloader.html
>> [2]:

  • Unnamed multipart/alternative (inline, None, 0 bytes)
View raw message