Developer Setup

In this page, we walk you through everything you need to setup your local machine to develop and connected system plug-in.

To build and test a connected system plug-in, you will need the ability to deploy a plug-in and change custom properties on that server. This means a running local installation.

Set up your local machine

Note: You can create plug-ins using any IDE or code editor, but this document and examples are geared towards IntelliJ users with many IntelliJ-specific instructions.

Set up IntelliJ

  1. Download and Install IntelliJ.
  2. Download and Install Java 8 SDK.
  3. To update IntelliJ to add the Java 8 SDK, do one of the following:
    • From the Welcome to IntelliJ IDEA dialog:
      • Choose Configure > Project Defaults > Project Structure > JDK
      • Select the appropriate Java JDK folder.
        1. PC: C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.x
        2. Mac: /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.x
      • Click Apply.
    • From within the editor:
      • Click File > Project Structure.
      • Click the Project tab.
      • If 1.8 is an option, choose 1.8.
      • Otherwise,
        1. Click New > JDK.
        2. Select the appropriate Java JDK folder.
          1. PC: C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.x
          2. Mac: /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.x
        3. Click Open

Download and unzip the examples

  1. Download the Hello World example here.
  2. Unzip the downloaded file into the directory you want the project to live in.
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