Ubuntu 15.04 — Programming

This is a continuation of my series of notes on my install of Ubuntu 15.04 on my laptop. The full list of posts is on this page. Previously, in the last post, I installed some media programs. In this post, I’ll install the programming tools that I use.

Gvim

I really like using the Gvim text editor for many editing tasks.  It’s not a full fledged IDE, but it’s great for single files. It’s a simple install from the Software Center — the vim-gnome package.

I have some plugins in my plugin directories and a customized configuration.  So, I restored my ~/.vim directory and /.vimrc.  I changed the directory for the backup files as well.  I have this in my .vimrc:

[sourcecode]
set bdir=~/.vimtmp
set directory=~/.vimtmp
[/sourcecode]

So, I needed to create a ~/.vimtmp directory.

Git

I use Git for tracking my source code changes for a few projects. I don’t work in it that much, so it is nice to have a GUI for certain things. The git-cola package has done that nicely in the past. Installing it also installs the actual git application.

Brackets

I used WebUpd8’s repository to install Brackets:

[sourcecode]
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/brackets
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install brackets
[/sourcecode]

After installing the main application, I installed the “Brackets Git” plugin.

Node JS

I have been doing a bit of web programming, and Node JS seems to come up constantly. For example, everything wants to be installed with bower. I tried to use Bower PHP for a bit, but I quite fighting it. I’ll just install bower even if I don’t have it on my website. I shouldn’t be developing there anyway.

So, this installs: Node JS, the NPM installer, Bower, and Protractor

[sourcecode]
sudo apt-get install nodejs
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nodejs /usr/bin/node
sudo apt-get install npm
sudo npm install bower -g
sudo npm install -g protractor
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Note: For some reason, the package installs node as nodejs. I had to run the ln command to make a link to node. Bower wouldn’t work without that.

Here are the versions:

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$ nodejs –version
v0.10.25
$ bower –version
1.5.2
$ protractor –version
Version 2.2.0
[/sourcecode]

I found that version 0.12 is released, and there are some nice instructions for installing that. I didn’t go down that path.

Java

[sourcecode]
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer
sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer
[/sourcecode]

I installed the Oracle 8 installer because SQL Developer says it needs it.

Soap UI

Downloaded from the Soap UI website. Ran

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sh SoapUI-x64-5.2.0.sh
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Note: didn’t use sudo.

To test from the command-line:
/bin/sh “/home/skp/SmartBear/SoapUI-5.2.0/bin/SoapUI-5.2.0”

I got a core dump, so I tried this:

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JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS="" /bin/sh "/home/skp/SmartBear/SoapUI-5.2.0/bin/SoapUI-5.2.0"
[/sourcecode]

I updated my shortcut with MenuLibre to include that variable:
Installing Soap UI on Ubuntu 15.04

After that, it worked just fine.

JavaFX Scene Builder

Apparently, the Scene Builder from Oracle is gone. Instead Gluon has taken on maintaining a fork of the Scene Builder. They now offer a Linux Deb file on their Download Page.

Ubuntu Make: Eclipse & Android

Since the last time I installed Eclipse, Ubuntu has now come out with Ubuntu Make. So, I decided to give that a whirl.

I ran these commands

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sudo apt-get install ubuntu-make
umake ide eclipse
umake android
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The only question that it asked was the path where to install…
Choose installation path: /home/skp/tools/ide/eclipse
Choose installation path: /home/skp/tools/android/android-studio

I was a little disappointment. On the Eclipse Download page, it looks like the version is a little behind.
Eclipse Version

After opening Eclipse, I installed the plugins from Help > Install New Software. (using Luna – http://download.eclipse.org/releases/luna):

  • Collaboration > Command Line Interface for Java Implementation of Git
  • Collaboration > Eclipse Git Team Provider
  • Collaboration > Eclipse GitHub Integration with task focused interface
  • Collaboration > Java Implementation of Git
  • Collaboration > Java Implementation of Git – optional Java 7 libraries
  • Collaboration > Mylyn Context Connector: Eclipse IDE
  • Collaboration > Mylyn Context Connector: Java Development
  • Collaboration > Mylyn Context Connector: Plug-in Development
  • Collaboration > Mylyn Task List
  • Collaboration > Mylyn Task-Focused Interface
  • Collaboration > Mylyn Versions Connector: Git
  • General Purpose Tools > Swing Designer
  • General Purpose Tools > Swing Designer Documentation
  • Web, XML, Java EE and OSGi Enterprise Development > Eclipse Web Developer Tools
  • Web, XML, Java EE and OSGi Enterprise Development > Eclipse Java Web Developer Tools
  • Web, XML, Java EE and OSGi Enterprise Development > Eclipse XML Editors and Tools
  • Web, XML, Java EE and OSGi Enterprise Development > Javascript Development Tools
  • Web, XML, Java EE and OSGi Enterprise Development > PHP Development Tools

Finally, to make developing with Java FX easier, I installed the e(fx)clipse plugin for Eclipse.  Their install page is pretty good and detailed.

I just added two sites to Window > Preferences under Install/Update > Available Software:

  • http://download.eclipse.org/efxclipse/updates-released/2.1.0/site
  • http://download.eclipse.org/modeling/tmf/xtext/updates/composite/releases/
  • http://download.eclipse.org/efxclipse/updates-released/2.0.0/site
  • http://download.eclipse.org/efxclipse/updates-released/1.2.0/site

On the Install Dialog (Help > Install Software), I picked e(fx)clipse – install > e(fx)clipse – IDE.  Then, I just let it do it’s thing.

I can’t get the 2.0 or the 2.1 versions to install in Luna. I had to install the 1.2 version.

SQL Developer

I downloaded SQL Developer from Oracle’s SQL Developer website.  They are on version 4.1.1.19.59 now.  I downloaded the “Other Platforms” version.  Then, I used the sqldeveloper-package program to install it.

[sourcecode]
sudo apt-get install sqldeveloper-package
make-sqldeveloper-package -b output \
sqldeveloper*.zip
sudo dpkg -i sqldeveloper*all.deb
[/sourcecode]

Note: on my first attempt, I got this error:

[sourcecode]dpkg-checkbuilddeps: Unmet build dependencies: debhelper (>= 7)[/sourcecode]

I fixed that with:

[sourcecode]sudo apt-get install build-essential[/sourcecode]

Meld

Meld is an important tool for comparing text files. I use it mostly for comparing source code or programming-related projects, so it fell under this category. It’s an easy install from the Software Center.

Resources

SmartBear Community: Soapui not starting on Ubuntu 15.04
WebUpd8: FIX MISSING LIBGCRYPT11 CAUSING SPOTIFY, BRACKETS AND OTHER APPS NOT TO WORK / INSTALL IN UBUNTU 15.04
Stackoverflow: Where is the JavaFX scene builder gone?
WebUpd8: UBUNTU DEVELOPER TOOLS CENTER RENAMED TO UBUNTU MAKE, SEES NEW RELEASE
Ubuntu Wiki: ubuntu-make
StackOverflow: Installing Bower on Ubuntu

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