Recently I blogged about how I was going to start to use Processing. Since then I have realised that the Processing application is way too basic for me. Using Eclipse or Flash Builder much of the time I naturally looked to see if there was a way of bringing in Processing to the Eclipse environment, and very quickly I found the following link: http://www.creativecoding.org/en/beyond/p5/eclipse_as_editor (link no longer active)
Whilst I love Flash Builder, it is somewhat daunting navigating the large amount of preferences. So, if you wish to change the font, size, and colour of your editing window here is where you go…
Window > Preferences > General > Appearance > Colours & Fonts > Basic > Text Font
For the background colour and stuff like that you go to …
Window > Preferences > General > (and click on the text) Text Editors
At the bottom of the panel you will now Foreground colour, Background colour etc.
Here are some of the plugins that I always install when using Flash Builder. Let me know what you think, and let me know what other plugins you recommend.
quantumDB – (quantum.sourceforge.net) – this will give you access to your MySQL database from within Flash Builder. Very useful to check what is going on and also to check if your SQL commands return what you think.
phpeclipse (www.phpeclipse.com) – this will install a php editor and internal web browser, so you now do all your php editing from within Flash Builder.