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Running SAP HCP Tools in Eclipse on Windows 8

Recently, a number of people have complained about an issue when running SAP HANA Cloud Platform Tools in Eclipse on Windows 8 machines. So I thought it might be worth to write a short note about this issue and promote a very easy workaround until it gets fixed.

*Update* The issue has been fixed with the Eclipse Tools released on 30.01.2014.

The Symptom

After installing SAP HANA Cloud Platform Tools and restarting Eclipse, there is no “SAP > SAP HANA Cloud” node in the “New Server Runtime Environment” wizard as it should normally be:

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The Technical Explanation

In short, some of the tools plugins (including those responsible to provide the integration with the Eclipse WTP framework) can’t start because there is no corresponding native library (required for one of the plugins to run) defined for Windows 8.

The Workaround

Fortunately, there is a super easy workaround (thanks to Hammou Essakhi for spotting it) that would allow you to continue working with the platform until the issue gets fixed. All you need to do is go to your eclipse.exe Properties > Compatibility tab and select “Run this program in compatibility mode for: Windows 7“:

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Happy coding with SAP HCP!

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