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Eclipse Plug-ins / Edition 3

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by Eric Clayberg, Dan Rubel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0321553462

ISBN-13: 9780321553461

Pub. Date: 01/09/2009

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

Producing a commercial-quality plug-in means going above and beyond the minimal requirements needed to integrate with Eclipse. It means attending to all those details that contribute to the “fit and polish” of a commercial offering. This comprehensive guide covers the entire process of plug-in development, including all the extra steps needed to achieve

Overview

Producing a commercial-quality plug-in means going above and beyond the minimal requirements needed to integrate with Eclipse. It means attending to all those details that contribute to the “fit and polish” of a commercial offering. This comprehensive guide covers the entire process of plug-in development, including all the extra steps needed to achieve the highest quality results.

Building on two internationally best-selling previous editions, Eclipse Plug-ins, Third Edition, has been fully revised to reflect the powerful new capabilities of Eclipse 3.4. Leading Eclipse experts Eric Clayberg and Dan Rubel present detailed, practical coverage of every aspect of plug-in development, as well as specific, proven solutions for the challenges developers are most likely to encounter.

All code examples, relevant API listings, diagrams, and screen captures have been thoroughly updated to reflect both the Eclipse 3.4 API and the latest Java syntax. In addition, Clayberg and Rubel have completely revamped their popular Favorites View case study, reworking much of its content and recreating its code from scratch. The authors carefully cover new functionality added to existing Eclipse features, such as views and editors, and fully explain brand-new features such as Commands, GEF, and PDE Build.

This extensively revised edition

  • Thoroughly covers Eclipse’s new preferences
  • Illuminates the powerful new Eclipse Command Framework, which replaces Eclipse’s older Action Framework
  • Presents extensive new discussions of using commands with views and editors
  • Introduces Mylyn, the new task-focused interface that reduces information overload and simplifies multi-tasking
  • Contains an all-new chapter on using the Graphical Editing Framework (GEF) to build dynamic, interactive graphical user interface elements
  • Walks you step by step through the entire PDE Build process
  • Shows how to create update sites with p2, which replaces Eclipse’s old Update Manager
This book is designed for every experienced developer interested in extending the Eclipse platform, the Rational Software Development Platform, or any other platform that supports Eclipse plug-ins.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321553461
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
01/09/2009
Series:
Eclipse Series
Edition description:
Third
Pages:
928
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Skip McGaughey xxxiii
Foreword by Simon Archer xxxv
Preface xxxvii


Chapter 1: Using Eclipse Tools 1
1.1 Getting Started 1
1.2 The Eclipse Workbench 3
1.3 Setting Up Your Environment 14
1.4 Creating a Project 19
1.5 Navigating 26
1.6 Searching 28
1.7 Writing Code 35
1.8 Team Development Using CVS 49
1.9 Running Applications 55
1.10 Introduction to Debugging 59
1.11 Introduction to Testing 63
1.12 Introduction to Mylyn 65
1.13 Summary 69

Chapter 2: A Simple Plug-in Example 71
2.1 The Favorites Plug-in 71
2.2 Creating a Plug-in Project 72
2.3 Reviewing the Generated Code 77
2.4 Building a Product 86
2.5 Installing and Running the Product 92
2.6 Debugging the Product 94
2.7 PDE Views 96
2.8 Writing Plug-in Tests 99
2.9 Book Samples 105
2.10 Summary 106

Chapter 3: Eclipse Infrastructure 107
3.1 Structural Overview 107
3.2 Plug-in Directory or JAR file 110
3.3 Plug-in Manifest 113
3.4 Activator or Plug-in Class 120
3.5 Plug-in Model 126
3.6 Logging 128
3.7 Eclipse Plug-ins 132
3.8 Summary 133

Chapter 4: The Standard Widget Toolkit 135
4.1 SWT History and Goals 135
4.2 SWT Widgets 138
4.3 Layout Management 178
4.4 Resource Management 188
4.5 GUI Builders 190
4.6 Summary 191

Chapter 5: JFace Viewers 193
5.1 List-Oriented Viewers 193
5.2 Text Viewers 211
5.3 Summary 214

Chapter 6: Commands and Actions 215
6.1 Commands 216
6.2 Menu and Toolbar Contributions 220
6.3 Handlers 236
6.4 Key Bindings 238
6.5 IAction versus IActionDelegate 240
6.6 Workbench Window Actions 242
6.7 Object Actions 257
6.8 View Actions 270
6.9 Editor Actions 277
6.10 Actions and Key Bindings 284
6.11 RFRS Considerations 286
6.12 Summary 287

Chapter 7: Views 289
7.1 View Declaration 291
7.2 View Part 293
7.3 View Commands 313
7.4 Linking the View 336
7.5 Saving View State 340
7.6 Testing 345
7.7 Image Caching 346
7.8 Auto-sizing Table Columns 348
7.9 RFRS Considerations 348
7.10 Summary 352

Chapter 8: Editors 353
8.1 Editor Declaration 354
8.2 Editor Part 358
8.3 Editing 372
8.4 Editor Lifecycle 378
8.5 Editor Commands 381
8.6 Linking the Editor 400
8.7 RFRS Considerations 401
8.8 Summary 405

Chapter 9: Resource Change Tracking 407
9.1 IResourceChangeListener 407
9.2 Processing Change Events 411
9.3 Batching Change Events 414
9.4 Progress Monitor 415
9.5 Delayed Changed Events 420
9.6 Summary 421

Chapter 10: Perspectives 423
10.1 Creating a Perspective 423
10.2 Enhancing an Existing Perspective 430
10.3 RFRS Considerations 438
10.4 Summary 439

Ch apter 11: Dialogs and Wizards 441
11.1 Dialogs 441
11.2 Wizards 464
11.3 RFRS Considerations 482
11.4 Summary 484

Chapter 12: Preference Pages 485
12.1 Creating a Preference Page 485
12.2 Preference Page APIs 487
12.3 Preference APIs 501
12.4 RFRS Considerations 508
12.5 Summary 509

Chapter 13: Properties 511
13.1 Creating Properties 511
13.2 Displaying Properties in the Properties Dialog 515
13.3 Displaying Properties in the Properties View 524
13.4 Property Pages Reused as Preference Pages 529
13.5 RFRS Considerations 530
13.6 Summary 531

Chapter 14: Builders, Markers, and Natures 533
14.1 Builders 535
14.2 Markers 548
14.3 Natures 561
14.4 RFRS Considerations 572
14.5 Summary 575

Chapter 15: Implementing Help 577
15.1 Using Help 577
15.2 Implementing Help 580
15.3 Context-Sensitive Help (F1) 591
15.4 Accessing Help Programmatically 599
15.5 Cheat Sheets 601
15.6 RFRS Considerations 611
15.7 Summary 614

Chapter 16: Internationalization 617
16.1 Externalizing the Plug-in Manifest 618
16.2 Externalizing Plug-in Strings 620
16.3 Using Fragments 629
16.4 Manual Testing 636
16.5 Summary 636

Chapter 17: Creating New Extension Points 637
17.1 The Extension Point Mechanism 637
17.2 Defining an Extension Point 639
17.3 Code Behind an Extension Point 649
17.4 Extension Point Documentation 656
17.5 Using the Extension Point 657
17.6 RFRS Considerations 659
17.7 Summary 660

Chapter 18: Features, Branding, and Updates 661
18.1 Feature Projects 662
18.2 Branding 673
18.3 Update Sites 679
18.4 RFRS Considerations 689
18.5 Summary 691

Chapter 19: Building a Product 693
19.1 A Brief Introduction to Ant 693
19.2 Building with PDE 711
19.3 Debugging the PDE Build process 726
19.4 Summary 729

Chapter 20: GEF: Graphical Editing Framework 731
20.1 GEF Architecture 731
20.2 GEF Model 732
20.3 GEF Controller 733
20.4 GEF Figures 743
20.5 GEF in an Eclipse View 754
20.6 GEF in an Eclipse Editor 758
20.7 Palette 775
20.8 Summary 778

Chapter 21: Advanced Topics 779
21.1 Advanced Search—Reference Projects 780
21.2 Accessing Internal Code 781
21.3 Adapters 784
21.4 Opening a Browser or Creating an Email 788
21.5 Types Specified in an Extension Point 793
21.6 Modifying Eclipse to Find Part Identifiers 797
21.7 Label Decorators 802
21.8 Background Tasks—Jobs API 808
21.9 Plug-in ClassLoaders 811
21.10 Early Startup 816
21.11 Rich Client Platform 817
21.12 Conclusion 818

Appendix A: Eclipse Plug-ins and Resources 819
A.1 Plug-ins 819

Appendix B: Ready for Rational Software 831

Index 833

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