If you watch the Release Notes for SAP HANA Cloud Platform closely, you should have noticed that we – the SAP NetWeaver Cloud team – switched from monthly to bi-weekly updates of the platform. Together with the cloud runtime there are also updates delivered for the Neo SDK and the Neo Eclipse Tools. Although we keep the SDK, the Tools and the cloud platform compatible, we recommend to update the SDK and the Tools as soon as the new versions are available, so you can take advantage of the latest features and fixes.
You may already know that you can easily check if there is an update for the Neo Eclipse Tools by calling “Help > Check for Updates” from the main menu of the IDE. However, Eclipse provides a lazier way for this human task – the automatic updates.
To enable the automatic updates you should simply go to the “Automatic Updates” preference page and select the “Automatically find new updates and notify me” check box.
The default behavior is that an automatic check will be done each time Eclipse starts and the updates found will be downloaded only when you confirm this. This can be changed by taking advantage of the rest of the options available in the preference page.
Once any updates are found you will be prompted by a notification in the bottom right corner of the IDE. Clicking on the notification opens the wizard for updating Eclipse.
Updating the Neo SDK
Everything described above is valid when updating the Neo Eclipse Tools. It does not cover the update of the Neo SDK. It is still a manual process that requires you to download the new version of the SDK from the tools page, extract it on the local file system and configure Eclipse to use it. A comprehensive guide is available in the documentation. It is highly recommended to follow it strictly, because not all of the steps are completely intuitive. Our roadmap envisages a wizard that will automate the process of updating the SDK, but this is for one of the future updates to come.