In the next major release (3.2) there will be a feature to add rule "natures" to an existing project, so the following advice is only needed for 3.0 versions.
Author Andy Gerweck
This is useful if you have exising projects, and want to add rule building/validation stuff so that your rules are built and validated in the background (just like if you created a new "rules" project).
It's pretty easy to modify your Eclipse projects. I'm constantly finding
plug-ins that add builders and natures to my project without offering a
way to remove them.
You just need to go edit the
.project (and possibly|.classpath
files) in the root of your project. They're both in a simple XML format.
To add the JBoss Rules IDE into a project, you need to add this build
just after the existing commands.
<buildCommand> <name>org.drools.ide.droolsbuilder</name> <arguments> </arguments> </buildCommand>
To replicate the JBoss Rules IDE's behavior, you also need to add this
line to your .classpath file to pull in the binary dependencies. If
you add the JBoss Rules jars yourself you should skip this step. This
isn't necessary for verifying your rules in the editor and generating
Rete trees, but I'm not using any other features.
<classpathentry kind="con" path="DROOLS/JBoss Rules"></classpathentry>
like this is often a better way to deal with a
large CLASSPATH: the XML can be more efficient and useful than the GUI.
Refreshing your project is adequate to pull in your changes.