CFEclipse Themes

I’ll admit it … I’m one of those developers who prefers to work with dark backgrounds in his IDEs. To that end, I use Atpana Studio 3 and CFeclipse for the bulk of my work.

Aptana Studio 3 has some great theme options out there (you can actually import TextMate themes directly to Aptana). So, when I’m coding my JavaScript, XML, CSS, and HTML editors look bad-ass. Naturally, I needed CFEclipse to be bad-ass too!

To that end, I created a few CFEclipse themes, for lack of a better word, to match my most commonly used Aptana Studio 3 themes. I have four currently online for download. One important thing to note: I removed my primary and secondary browser details from the prefs. I also removed my snippets path. These pref files/themes only contain color details.

Downloadable Themes/Prefs

  1. Twilight
  2. Barf
  3. Creeper
  4. Monokai Dark

I’ve tested/used these on 1.4.4+ of CFEclipse. No problems or anything like that … well, other than my wife walking by my screen and making fake vomitting noises!

To install

  1. Shut down Eclipse (if running).
  2. Download the desired prefs file or files.
  3. Rename the file so that the theme name is remove (i.e., org.cfeclipse.cfml.barf.prefs should become org.cfeclipse.cfml.prefs).
  4. Get to your theme location for Eclipse (/YOURWORKSPACEFOLDER/.metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.core.runtime/.settings).
  5. For the love of all that’s good, back up your existing CFEclipse prefs :).
  6. Drop in the newly downloaded prefs file.
  7. Start Eclipse.

That’s it. You now have some tasteless, I mean bad-ass, color schemes for CFEclipse!

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Craig Kaminsky
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