problems with webmethods developer/designer 8 (eclipse based)

So I’ve upgraded from v7 of webmethods developer (with the custom three column sort of view) over to v8 of webmethods designer (eclipse based)

Here are the stupid, annoying, weird things that I haven’t managed to fix (yet?)

  • Entire flows are marked in grey until you check them out for editing. I don’t want to edit it, but I want to be able benefit from having a colour screen. I also want to be able to separate disabled steps. Sure, the icons are still there, but it’s all grey.
    Which steps are active?

    Which steps are active?

  • Comments on a flow are now a single line property. They used to be a whole panel of free form text. Given how awkward it is to comment the “code” any other way, and given that this is the only place to put any overall comments on the whole flow, and given how crap the VCS integration is (at least in our setup?) this box is pretty important for staying sane. yes, you can use the “…” link to get into a box editor, and i’ll probably get used to this one, but it used to be a bit easier
  • No keyboard shortcut to expand the flow. And no config setting to always start expanded. Although right and left arrows will open and close, they only open/close a single level. That’s not good enough.
  • Pressing delete on the keyboard doesn’t work for flows/folders in the Package Navigator. It does work for flow steps. Even though right click “delete” shows Delete as being the keyboard shortcut
  • Enough for now. bleh.

  1. have you come across ‘trace to here’ option in designer as it was in developer

  2. No, and really, if I ever have to use webmethods developer/designer again, it will be too soon. Webmethods was the sort of environment that led me to create this blog in the first place.

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