Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Adding action sets and wizards to perspective

Recently I had a requirement to add launch configuration to our custom perspective. Before looking into perspective source codes thats already there, i tried googling ...din get anything...then later I happened to see source code of Java Perspective and found out that we can add wizards,view shortcuts and action sets to our perspective like below:

// snippet code from JavaPerspectiveFactory class
public void createInitialLayout(IPageLayout layout) {

layout.addActionSet(IDebugUIConstants.LAUNCH_ACTION_SET); // line no A

layout.addNewWizardShortcut("org.eclipse.jdt.ui.wizards.JavaProjectWizard"); //$NON-NLS-1$
layout.addNewWizardShortcut("org.eclipse.jdt.ui.wizards.NewPackageCreationWizard"); //$NON-NLS-1$
layout.addNewWizardShortcut("org.eclipse.jdt.ui.wizards.NewClassCreationWizard"); //$NON-NLS-1$


Since my interest was to add launch configuration , I made use of line no A in my custom perspective and it served my purpose...

Monday, May 19, 2008

Converting File to a corresponding IFIle

If you File refers to a file in your workspace, then yes you can convert it
to an IFile.
Use: file = ...;
Path path = new Path(file.getAbsolutePath());
IFile f = ResourcesPlugin.getWorkspace().getRoot().getFileForLocation(path);

If it's not in the workspace, there is no corresponding IFile so you cannot

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Removing an EMF object from an EMF generated model

The toughest part so far i have worked with is removing an EMF object.
I have an EMF generated model and I want to remove an element(object) from the model.
To my surprise all the methods in EObject are returning read only properties and when i try to remove an element from an Eobjects object, in runtime iam getting UNSUPPORTEDTYPEEXCEPTION which is trivial coz all the methods are returning read only elements/lists....
Then I did a sample test... i want to remove "emfObjectToBeRemoved" from "emfParentObject".

EList originalList = emfParentObject.eContents(); // returns a readonly list
List duplicateList = new ArrayList();
duplciateList.addAll(originalList); //line 3 , copying the list
duplicateList.remove(emfObjectToBeRemoved); // line 4

To my shock duplicateList is removing properly but the element is not getting removed from originalList...
I broke my head for some hours, did some googling and i dint have any clue ...Then when i was about to leave office , I felt like googling again and this time miracle happened...I observed an open bug with subject EcoreUtil.remove(object) in Eclipse Bugzilla and for a minute i was surprised seeing that EcoreUtil. I wasnt aware of that.

Then after line 4 , I put this statement

and when i run it , it is able to delete from EMF model(original list) also .....
I hope poor ppl like me will make use of this tip and merry ...

If you have an alternative for this, plz add it in comments..

Getting Active Editor and Active File associated with active editor

I had a requirement to find the active editor in the runtime eclispe and also the file , with which editor is associated to...

This is how we get active editor from RuntimeEclipse


The above line gives us the active editor , ofcurse u have to make null checks everytime...
getActiveWorkbenchWindow() first and then make null check and if its not null,then getActivePage()
and again check for null and then getActiveEditor().

and then getEditorInput (method in editorpart) and do the following
IEditorInput input = getEditorInput();
IFile activeFile = ((IFileEditorInput) input).getFile();
IProject project = activeFile.getProject();
like that u can get the project and can create files as u wish,,,

Sunday, May 4, 2008

You want to display a tooltip for a SWT tree Item ??

Well I had same requirement..I did some googling and found out from eclipse dev blogs that we have to fake it as tree item doesnt have such method toolTip with it :-(

At that time, i found this example to be very useful...Just replace table with tree if u want to show tooltip for a tree item corresponding to a tree....
Btw in the following example the result is same even if u comment the code of LabelListener...
I dont think we need it i scrapped that part and im using the remaining part of the code as it is shamelessly;-)

package org.eclipse.swt.snippets;

* Tool Tips example snippet: create fake tool tips for items in a table
* For a list of all SWT example snippets see
import org.eclipse.swt.*;
import org.eclipse.swt.layout.*;
import org.eclipse.swt.widgets.*;

public class Snippet125 {

public static void main (String[] args) {
final Display display = new Display ();
final Shell shell = new Shell (display);
shell.setLayout (new FillLayout ());
final Table table = new Table (shell, SWT.BORDER);
for (int i = 0; i < 20; i++) {
TableItem item = new TableItem (table, SWT.NONE);
item.setText ("item " + i);
// Disable native tooltip
table.setToolTipText ("");

// Implement a "fake" tooltip
final Listener labelListener = new Listener () {
public void handleEvent (Event event) {
Label label = (Label)event.widget;
Shell shell = label.getShell ();
switch (event.type) {
case SWT.MouseDown:
Event e = new Event ();
e.item = (TableItem) label.getData ("_TABLEITEM");
// Assuming table is single select, set the selection as if
// the mouse down event went through to the table
table.setSelection (new TableItem [] {(TableItem) e.item});
table.notifyListeners (SWT.Selection, e);
shell.dispose ();
case SWT.MouseExit:
shell.dispose ();

Listener tableListener = new Listener () {
Shell tip = null;
Label label = null;
public void handleEvent (Event event) {
switch (event.type) {
case SWT.Dispose:
case SWT.KeyDown:
case SWT.MouseMove: {
if (tip == null) break;
tip.dispose ();
tip = null;
label = null;
case SWT.MouseHover: {
TableItem item = table.getItem (new Point (event.x, event.y));
if (item != null) {
if (tip != null && !tip.isDisposed ()) tip.dispose ();
tip = new Shell (shell, SWT.ON_TOP | SWT.NO_FOCUS | SWT.TOOL);
tip.setBackground (display.getSystemColor (SWT.COLOR_INFO_BACKGROUND));
FillLayout layout = new FillLayout ();
layout.marginWidth = 2;
tip.setLayout (layout);
label = new Label (tip, SWT.NONE);
label.setForeground (display.getSystemColor (SWT.COLOR_INFO_FOREGROUND));
label.setBackground (display.getSystemColor (SWT.COLOR_INFO_BACKGROUND));
label.setData ("_TABLEITEM", item);
label.setText (item.getText ());
label.addListener (SWT.MouseExit, labelListener);
label.addListener (SWT.MouseDown, labelListener);
Point size = tip.computeSize (SWT.DEFAULT, SWT.DEFAULT);
Rectangle rect = item.getBounds (0);
Point pt = table.toDisplay (rect.x, rect.y);
tip.setBounds (pt.x, pt.y, size.x, size.y);
tip.setVisible (true);
table.addListener (SWT.Dispose, tableListener);
table.addListener (SWT.KeyDown, tableListener);
table.addListener (SWT.MouseMove, tableListener);
table.addListener (SWT.MouseHover, tableListener);
shell.pack ();;
while (!shell.isDisposed()) {
if (!display.readAndDispatch())

Thursday, May 1, 2008

How do u delete a repository that u added to Mylyn ReportBugs?

Now say u wud have added that repository with some mistakes and u want to delete it??? Try for all the options available in that wizard ..u wont be able to...and if u try to create another one with same URL it says "Already exists" and it wont allow u to create another one....

How to delete is : Open "Task Repositories" View and there u can right click and delete the repostiories u added....I hope eclipse guys will fix it in next releases...