Installing Eclipse on Windows 8 and connecting to TFS 2012



I will be running a bunch of demos on a couple of weeks with TFS & Eclipse working together. Although I have a cloud instance that I can connect to, what about when I have no network.

So I have to get familiar with the interface and what better way to start than to get everything working on Windows 8.

I have pre-downloaded Java and Eclipse so I just need to copy them to my VM to begin. The JDK is first as nothing will work without it.

Figure: First install the JDK

Its a really uneventful install that involved lots of “Next” clicking…

Figure: Unpack Eclipse

Eclipse does not require an install so you just unpack and run… from habit I always drop the Eclipse folder into Program Files. Come on… it gives me warm fuzzies…

Figure: Pin Eclipse to Start

I want to be able to launch Eclipse without having to find the folder. To add the Eclipse icon to the new Metro interface all you do is right click the executable and “Pin to Start”…

Figure: New metro Start screen

To make sure that everything is in the right place I want to start Eclipse and connect to TFS.

Figure: Install new software

I don’t know how Martin Woodward did it but he managed to get Microsoft to host an update site for the Eclipse plugin. I am loading the latest Team Explorer Everywhere preview, but you can get the released version as well.

The new version works against Team Foundation Service, TFS 2008, TFS 2010 and TFS 2012 so I feel no compulsion to load anything but the latest and greatest.

Figure: Enter the Update site link

A couple of clicks later and the plugin will be downloaded and installed by Eclipse.

Figure: Auto download and install

After the install you will be asked to restart Eclipse and voila, you now have the TFS plugin installed.

Figure: Where ma stuff!

As the Eclipse plugin follows the Eclipse paradigm if you are looking for the same look and feel of everything presented on a plate for you then you will be disappointed…

So where is it hiding? How do I get stuff from Version Control?

Figure: Import and Export from Version Control

But where is my team Explorer?

Figure: Team Explorer

Now we just  connect to TFS, in this case I am connecting to the new TFS Preview, but it could just as well be a local TFS 2010 or TFS 2012.

Figure: Adding a Team Foundation Server

And that’s about it. I am no Java expert, but it is like any other Version Control system except I am able to associate my Check-In’s with the work that I was asked to do Smile

So really its way better than just Version Control…

-Don’t leave your Java developers out of your Application Life-cycle Management (ALM) strategy. According to Gartner Visual Studio ALM is the best, most feature-full ALM platform and it supports Java just as well as .NET. Contact today…

Upcoming Training Opportunities

These are the next five classes we have, and you can check out our full public schedule of classes.

Live Virtual Professional Scrum Product Owner online 5th June 2023
5-8 Jun, 2023
09:30-13:30 BST
4 half-days
Live Virtual PAL Evidence-Based Management Online on 19th June 2023
19-20 Jun, 2023
09:00-13:00 BST
2 half-days
APS 19th June 2023
19-22 Jun, 2023
09:00-13:00 EDT
4 half-days
Live Virtual Professional Scrum Master Online on 26th June 2023
26-29 Jun, 2023
09:00-13:00 EDT
4 half-days

We can deliver any of our courses as private in-house training over Microsoft Teams & Mural. We also recommend training based on your accountabilities or role, you can go directly to recommended courses for Scrum MastersProduct OwnersDevelopers and Agile Leaders.

Create a conversation around this article

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Linkdin

Related Courses

No items found

Read more

Martin Hinshelwood Why do you encourage people to follow a certification path in their career journey? I would encourage you to follow a scrum certification path for the same reason that people go to university. The same reason that people do any course or certification. It gets you a foot in …
Martin Hinshelwood What will you learn on the PSM II course? There are two main things that most scrum masters will learn on the PSM II or Advanced Professional Scrum Master course. That they haven’t been working effectively as a scrum master to date. That they are there to empower and …
Martin Hinshelwood
In Scrum Events across the world, I hear repeated the phrase “that’s how agile works” when describing behaviours that are both unprofessional and the very opposite of an agile mindset. These behaviours will inhibit agility and are a result of a lack of understanding of the underlying principles. We need …
Martin Hinshelwood What is the most common Aha moment people have in a scrum course? It depends on the scrum course they are attending. The content presented in the Applying Professional Scrum (APS) course leads to very different epiphanies when compared to the content presented on an Advanced Professional Scrum Master …


We believe that every company deserves high quality software delivered on a regular cadence that meets its customers needs. Our goal is to help you reduce your cycle time, improve your time to market, and minimise any organisational friction in achieving your goals.

naked Agility Limited is a professional company that offers training, coaching, mentoring, and facilitation to help people and teams evolve, integrate, and continuously improve.

We recognise the positive impact that a happy AND motivated workforce, that has purpose, has on client experience. We help change mindsets towards a people-first culture where everyone encourages others to learn and grow. The resulting divergent thinking leads to many different ideas and opportunities for the success of the organisation.