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Maximo Anywhere 7.6.4 Development Set up Tips and Tricks: “See your XML”

By Bradley Downing posted Fri April 24, 2020 02:11 PM

  

Do you remember Cypher in the Matrix?  “You get used to it; I don't even see the code.  All I see is blonde, brunette, redhead.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAYXgbSlSv0

 

With the new Maximo Anywhere 7.6.4 the set-up is simplified and streamlined.  To make changes to a Maximo Anywhere application, the minimum you need do is modify the app.xml.  This is a relatively simple exercise.

 

Working with Maximo Application designer (which modifies the XML behind the scenes,) is simple to make screen changes.  With Maximo Anywhere you might choose to use Notepad or Notepad++ (or some other similarly equipped tool which lets you “see” the XML.)

 

Using an IDE (such as Eclipse) helps you to “see the blonde….”  With Maximo Anywhere you can use any Integrated Development Environment.  I like Eclipse because I use it for not only Maximo Anywhere but also, BIRT and other projects.  I use the Mars release for Maximo Anywhere.

 

After following the setup guidance provided in the Knowledge Center (https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSPJLC_7.6.4/com.ibm.si.mpl.doc/install/t_install_dev_environment.html) , you import the Maximo Anywhere project

 

When you first open the project, you may see small red “x”s in the project.  This is due to a JavaScript Validator error in the tooling used by Eclipse out of the box and it requires a plug-in to resolve it.  This is a non-issue from product development perspective

 

You can address this by adding to Eclipse the following:

  • Go to Help | Install New Software. Then add click on Mange.  This will open a dialog box where you can Add...
  • Then in then dialog box enter http://download.eclipse.org/wildwebdeveloper/snapshots and give it the name "Wild Web Developer". Afterwards, add the software.  (See Figure 1.)
  • Then go to the Preference dialog box and, under JavaScript on the Validator change it from the prior setting to the available choices (Script or Module.) I chose Script.

Adding this software is not essential.  It will address an annoyance in your Eclipse IDE, by removing all the red "x"s you see in the project explorer.  Visually it will help you “see” your code better

 

Eclipse IDE Configuration with Wild Web Developer Tools
Figure 1: Adding Wild Web Developer tools 

 

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