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Gild 2.2.0 Student Edition for Eclipse 3.1

Note: This version is bundled with the Mylar monitor for a user study.  Read here for more information  Gild 2.2.0 is available without the Mylar monitor as well.

New Features | Feature Enhancements | Known Bugs
Windows Installation | Mac/Linux (Manual) Installation

New Features

  • Works with Eclipse 3.1!  (And Java 1.5!)
  • Mylar monitor: The Mylar monitor is an interaction monitor that logs the usage of Eclipse software.  A study of novice compiler errors and IDE usage uses this monitor to observe novice programmers.  Participation is voluntary.

Feature Enhancements

  • More extra help for compiler errors: Feedback for the extra compiler error support introduced in Gild 2.1.0 and Gild 2.1.2 has been positive.  There are now over 50 messages for common errors.
  • Links to Wiki for more help with errors: Need more help with the basics?  Or do you have a suggested fix for someone who encounters a similar compiler error?  The Gild Wiki provides students with a place where hints and explanations can be tied to specific compiler error types.

Known Bugs

    Can I open power point and pdf files in Gild?

    Both power point (ppt) files and pdf files can be opened in Gild.  If the file is double-clicked it will open the editor for this file.  If you just want to view these files you can download a ppt or pdf viewer for free.  Once the viewer is installed, drag the file into the Gild web browser.  Some installations of Gild have “frozen” when loading Adobe Acrobat Reader for pdf files.  If this happens open the document externally or make sure Adobe Acrobat Reader has already loaded before dragging the pdf file into the web browser.

Windows Installation

1. Install Gild, Eclipse and the Java SDK

Gild 2.2.0 is made available through a single installer for Windows users.  This installer comes packaged with Java 2 SDK Standard Edition version 1.5_06 and Eclipse 3.1.0 

1. Download *one* of the following:

2. Unzip the zip file.  You will get a file called setup.exe and a directory called thirdpartytools that contains Eclipse and Java.

3. Install Gild, Eclipse and the JDK.  Run setup.exe by double clicking on it.  You do not need to run any of the files in the thirdpartytools directory.  After accepting the license agreement the installer will pop-up a new window informing you that Eclipse 3.1.0 will be installed first; the installer will then automatically install Gild 2.2.0.  Once Eclipse and Gild are done installing, the installation program will then install the Java Software Development Kit (JDK) 1.5_06.  Just go with the defaults for the JDK installation.  You may be prompted to restart your system for some changes to take effect. 

4. Start Gild. The installer created a shortcut to Gild on your Start Menu.  To open Gild go to Start Menu > Gild > Gild 2.2.0

Mac/Linux Installation (Manual Installation)

1. Install Java JDK

Mac users should already have an appropriate Java JDK installed. If you do not have a JDK on your computer, you must install one. You will need Java 2 SDK Standard Edition version 1.4 or 1.5 Note: The Mylar monitor requires the Java 1.5 SDK.

  • For Mac OS, if for some reason you do not have the Java SDK, it can be downloaded through the Apple Software Update.  The Java 1.5 SDK is not currently available for Macs.
  • For Windows or Linux, you can get the latest Java 1.5 installer by following the "Download JDK 5.x" link on the Java 1.5 download page.  Windows users may want to read the Windows Installation Notes for more help with installation.  For other operating systems, or Windows 64-bit,  follow the appropriate links on the Installation Notes page.

2. Install
Eclipse SDK

If you do not have the Eclipse 3.1 SDK on your computer, you must install one. You must use release 3.1.

  • Download the correct ".zip" file for your operating system from one of the mirrors listed in the Eclipse 3.1 download page
  • .
  • Unzip this file into an appropriate location on your computer. For example: "C:\Program Files\" on Windows, or in the "/Applications/" folder on the Mac.  Mac OS will automatically "unzip" your file to the current directory, so you may have to move it to the Applications folder.

  • In order to complete the Eclipse install you must run Eclipse once.
    Run by double-clicking (or invoking)  the executable file. (For example: "C:\Program Files\eclipse\eclipse.exe" on Windows, or "/Applications/eclipse/Eclipse" on the Mac). When Eclipse starts up, you will most likely see the image below. Normally, it will be okay to simply select Use this as the default and do not ask again, then select Okay.

3. Install Gild

1. Close Eclipse if running. Note: If you have not run Eclipse at least once, you should do so before installing Gild.

2. Download one of the following:

Mac users:

Other Operating Systems:

unzip it into your main Eclipse folder For example: the "C:\Program Files\eclipse\" folder on Windows, or the "/Applications/eclipse/" folder on the Mac.  (Again, Mac OS will automatically "unzip" your file to the current directory, so you will have to move it to the Applications/eclipse folder. ) The main Eclipse folder is the one that contains the executable and the "features" and "plugins" folders. All Gild's files will be automatically unzipped into these "plugins" and "features" folders.

3. Start Eclipse. Gild should now be installed. To start Gild, select Window > Open Perspective > Other... > Gild to start using Gild.


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