CODESYS Forge (or short cforge) is a small tool which should help developers and users to use the services offered on CODESYS Forge. cforge is basically written in C# but can be extended with IronPython scripts. As it makes use of IronPython and MS Scripting, you might have problems running it on anything else than Windows.
cforge itself is packed as a CODESYS package. That leads to the most important prerequisite: CODESYS programming system has to be installed on your PC.
There are different ways of installing cforge to your PC.
To make full use of the cforge functionality, you need:
Double click on the (or execute the) cforge package file and let CODESYS install the package.
CODESYS users which have this package installed get an easy access to all their favorite packes, drivers and projects from CODESYS Forge.
The typical operations/commands they can use cforge for are:
Packages can be installed as easy as clicking on the cforge download button of a project. cforge registers an URL protocol handler in Windows, which handles URLs, starting with the protocol "cforge:".
By clicking on such a link, the corresponding software is downloaded and installed using cforge.
Doing the same w/o cforge would need a lot more manual interaction:
Checkout every single project and library
Set the release flag in all libraries
Save all libraries as compiled library
Update a package manifest
Create a CODESYS package from the manifest
Commit the sources with CODESYS SVN
Commit the compiled libraries, packages and project files with an external SVN client
To be cleaned up later:
As it is a C# tool, just use Microsoft VisualStudio to run / attach to your local cforge instance.
There is a nice trick: just lay a file named "debug" (content does not matter) next to the cforge.exe and it will patiently wait when started (e.g. from the browser via a "cforge:" url), so that you have time to attach. Then just press Enter in the console (as it is mentioned there), and continue to debug.
Then you can even debug the IronPython scripts.