I am currently tutoring Informatics Research proposal and the aim of this course is to write a neat research proposal. All my students plan to use LaTeX and so I decided to write a short simple LaTeX sample which cover basics required to start a good research proposal.

Working with LaTeX command line tools is a pain for newbies. One of the best tools available out there for writing LaTeX is Eclipse. It makes life easier. TeXlipse is a plugin built for Eclipse to compile LaTeX code. I will first discuss how to install TeXlipse in Windows/Linux/Apple and then provide a sample code which will help you start with LaTeX.

  • Windows User: Install Latex by downloading http://mirrors.ctan.org/systems/win32/miktex/setup/basic-miktex-2.9.4757...

    Linux User: Most users have latex pre-installed. If not, use "sudo apt-get install texlive-full" if you are Ubuntu user or use "yum install texlive texlive-latex" if you are Fedora/Redhat user.

    Mac User: Install from http://www.tug.org/mactex/

  • Windows User: Download Eclipse from http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/download.php?file=/technology/epp/downl...

    Linux User: Download Eclipse from http://eclipse.org/downloads/?osType=linux

    Mac User: Download Eclipse from http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/?osType=macosx

    Exract the zip and you will see an executable eclipse. Run it. It asks for a workspace. Use the default workspace.

    Note: If you install the one with Java (Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers), it will have pre-installed eclipse plugin to work with Java. So you need not install anything extra if you plan to code in Java in future.

  • Once you are in eclipse, go to Help -> Install New Software

    Add this link to Add site: http://texlipse.sourceforge.net
    It asks for a name. You can have anything e.g. Latex

    Once this is done, you get three packages.

    --- Bibsonomy
    --- Pdf4Eclipse
    --- TeXlipse

    Choose all of them and proceed to next and continue until installation. Restart your eclipse and you are ready to use Latex in Eclipse.

  • Once you are done installing, go to File->New->Project->Texlipse->LatexProject to create new project.

    Choose a project name and output format as pdf. Click next until finish and you have your sample latex file. By default it creates document.tex.

  • Please download the sample proposal from http://sivareddy.in/sites/default/files/SimpleLatexSample.zip. You can see how it looks like at http://sivareddy.in/sites/default/files/document.pdf

    You can copy code from the source and write your own content. It has everything you need to know about LaTeX to start writing. Note: For the code to work, you will need to copy references.bib and gull.jpg to your project.

    To compile LaTeX code and to create PDF out of it you just need to save the LaTeX file. It compiles and produces a PDF automatically.

    While working with eclipse you might find the shortcut Ctrl + Spacebar highly useful to use LaTeX suggestions from Eclipse.

    All the best. Let me know how it goes :-).

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