Nomad PIM
Creating and configuring a new Nomad PIM plugin project
As of December 12th, 2009, the development of Nomad PIM has been discontinued


The goal of this tutorial is to create a plugin that extends Nomad PIM. Functionality will not be implemented in this tutorial yet, it just provides the base for the following tutorials.

If there are problems with the tutorial, feel free to ask in the Developer Mailing List.


This tutorial requires an Eclipse configuration that is set up according to the tutorial "Setting up Eclipse for Nomad PIM development".

Tutorial project access

The project that is the result of the tutorial is available in the subversion repository:

newPlugin tutorial projectThe project created in this tutorial
You can use it to quickly access the tutorial results.

Create a new plugin project

Create a new "Plug-in Project" using the "File >> New >> Project" Dialog in Eclipse as described in the following screenshots:

Configuring the plugin dependencies

Open the file "META-INF/MANIFEST.MF" and select the "Dependencies" tab. Add the "org.nomadpim.core" and "org.nomadpim.core.ui" plugins as required plugins. The result should look like this:

Create the required folders

The next step is to create the missing directories required for code generation. Open the "Navigator" view and create the folder "bin/generated/java" and "src/model". Afterwards, your "Navigator" view should look like this:

Configure the build path

The generated sources will be generated to a seperate source folder. This folder must be added to the project source folders by "Project Properties >> Java Build Path >> Source >> Add Folder". After adding it to the build path, the dialog should look like this screenshot:

Create the required basic model files

Some model files are required as input for the code generator.

Create a plugin.xml file in the folder "src/model" with the following content:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<?eclipse version="3.0"?>
Create an Entities.xml file in the folder "src/model" with the following content:
Create a Patterns.xml file in the folder "src/model" with the following content:
By now, your "Package Explorer" view should look like this:

Configure the automatic ant builder to generate code

Add the builder by "Project Properties >> Builders >> New >> Ant Build" and configure it as described in the following screenshots:

Important: The screenshot is not up-to-date. You should include double quotes as in the following copy-paste section.
For copy-paste:
        -Ddata.dir="${build_project}/src/model" -Doutput.dir="${build_project}/bin/generated"
Select "Builder Options >> Specify working set of relevant resources" and configure it as shown in the next screenshot:
Select OK and move the builder up to be the first one in the builder chain:
Next, clean and refresh the project. A generated plugin.xml in the root directory should be available now.

The next step is to get the builder running automatically. Open the file ".externalToolBuilders/generator-TutorialProject.launch" using the "Navigator" view and change
<stringAttribute key="org.eclipse.ui.externaltools.ATTR_RUN_BUILD_KINDS" value="full,incremental,"/>
<stringAttribute key="org.eclipse.ui.externaltools.ATTR_RUN_BUILD_KINDS" value="full,incremental,auto,clean"/>

The last step is to configure the resource refreshing. Open "Project Properties >> Builders" and edit the "generator-TutorialProject" builder. Select the "Refresh" tab in the "Edit launch configuration properties" dialog and configure it as described in the next two screenshots:
Select ok.


You just completed this tutorial. The next tutorial is about creating an entity type.