Contributing to Eclipse

Contributing to Eclipse : Principles, Patterns, and Plug-Ins

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This book encourages tool building by laying bare the design of an excellent tool platform, Eclipse, and encourages design by building a typical tool extending Eclipse. This tutorial on creating custom tools also provides an explanation of a highly effective software design philosophy. The authors revive the lost art of supporting existing work by building tools. This book improves the software developers skill set by building little tools, and gradually growing those tools into better-than-professional quality products to help a whole community of developers. This book revives that highly-effective practice of tool writing and provides lessons along the way that tool building and design are two of the most leveraged skills for software developers.
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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 234 x 181 x 26mm | 640g
  • Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers Inc
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • w. figs.
  • 0321205758
  • 9780321205759
  • 2,026,929

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""Even long-time Eclipse committers will be surprised by the breadth and depth of this book. A must-read for every new Eclipse extender."" --Andre Weinand, Eclipse Committer " Contributing to Eclipse " offers A quick step-by-step tutorial. Have your first plug-in running in less than an hour. An introduction to test-driven plug-in development. Confidently create higher quality plug-ins. The Rules of Eclipse. Seamlessly integrate your contributions with the rest of Eclipse. A design pattern tour of Eclipse. A cook's tour of Eclipse with patterns. A comprehensive tutorial. See all the techniques necessary to write production-quality contributions. Erich Gamma and Kent Beck introduce you quickly, yet thoroughly, to Eclipse, the emerging environment for software development. Instead of simply walking you through the actions you should take, "Contributing to Eclipse", with its many sidebars, essays, and forward pointers, guides you through Eclipse. You will not just "do." You will also "understand." Whether you need to get up to speed immediately or want to better understand the design rationale behind Eclipse, " Contributing to Eclipse " is "the" Eclipse resource for you.
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Table of contents



1. The Big Picture.

Book Goals.


Eclipse in a Nutshell.


2. Setting Up Eclipse for Plug-In Development.

Setting Up a Workspace.

Browsing and Searching Source.

3. Hello World.

Declaration/Implementation Split.

Hello Button.

Saying "Hello".


4. Der Plan.

JUnit by Example.

JUnit Integration.

5. Contributing a Menu Item to Run Tests.
6. Implementing the Menu Item Behavior.
7. Displaying the Results.
8. Defining an Extension Point.
9. Notifying Extensions.
10. Publishing.

Package the Plug-In.

Bundling the Plug-In into a Feature.


11. Closing Circle One.


12. Test-Driven Plug-In Development.

PDE JUnit.

A Test Project Fixture.

Testing the Contributed JUnit Plug-In.

And Now....


13. Viewing Results.

Contributing a View.

Listening to Testing Progress.

Changing Colors.

14. Menu Contributions

Creating Context Menus.

Contributing Menu Items.

15. Failed Tests Are Compile Errors.
16. Test Failures as Markers.

Test for a Marker.

Passing the Project.

Creating Markers.

Deleting Markers.

Marker Images.

Marker Resolution.

17. Finding Tests.
18. Builders and Natures.

Resource Listeners Versus Builders.

Using Natures to Configure Builders.

19. Auto-Test Property.
20. Exception Handling.

IStatus, CoreException.

Presenting Exceptions in an Error Dialog.

Logging Errors.

21. Tracing-Instrumenting a Plug-In.
22. Marker Resolution--Invoking a Long-Running Operation.

Testing Marker Resolution.

Build and Rerun.

Showing Progress.

Rerunning the Test.

23. Test Report View-Using JFace.


The Test.

The View.



Handling Events.

24. A Simple Editor to Exclude Tests.

Contributing an Editor.

Contributing a Contributor.

25. ResultView Revisited-Observing Changes.

Testing Color.

Observing Changes.

Reacting to Changes.

26. Perspectives.

Views in Perspective.

Show View Menu.

27. Help.

Top-Level Help.

Integrated Help.

Context-Sensitive Help.

28. Internationalization and Accessibility.

Externalizing Strings from the Manifest Files.

Externalizing Strings from Code.


29. Publishing a Plug-In for Other Programmers.

Defining the API.

Exporting Classes.

Separating Published from Internal Packages.

Separating Core from UI.

Publishing an Extension Point-Extension Point Schemas.

30. Closing Circle Two.


Redeploying the Plug-In.

Where to Go Next?


31. Core Runtime-IAdaptable.

Extension Object/Extension Interface.

Surfacing Interfaces Using IAdaptable.

AdapterFactories-Adding Interfaces to Existing Types.

32. Core Workspace-Resources.

Accessing File-System Resources-Proxy and Bridge.

The Workspace-Composite.

Traversing the Resource Tree-Visitor.

Tracking Resource Changes-Observer.

Batching Changes-Execute Around Method.

33. Java Core.

From Resources to Java Elements-Adapter.

Java Elements-(Virtual) Proxy.

The Java Element Tree--Composite.

Type Hierarchies-Objectifying an Association.

Traversing the Java Model.

Tracking Java Element Changes-Observer.

Collecting Results-Builder.

Abstract Syntax Tree Analysis-Visitor.

34. Standard Widget Toolkit-SWT.

Composing Widgets-Composite.

Defining the Layout-Strategy.

Responding to Events-Observer.

35. JFace--User Interface Frameworks.

Viewers: Connecting a Widget to a Model-Pluggable Adapter.

Viewers: Customizing a Viewer without Subclassing-Strategy.


36. UI Workbench.

Implementing the Lazy Loading Rule-Virtual Proxies.

Persisting UI State-Memento.

Workbench Services-IAdaptable .

37. Closing Circle Three.

Final Forward Pointers.

An Invitation to Contribute.


Appendix A. TestRunner Details.



Appendix B. The TestProject Fixture.
Appendix C. AutoTestBuilder with Exclusion Support.
Index. 0321205758T10202003
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About Erich Gamma

Kent Beck consistently challenges software engineering dogma, promoting ideas like patterns, test-driven development, and Extreme Programming. Currently affiliated with Three Rivers Institute and Agitar Software, he is the author of many Addison-Wesley titles.

Dr. Erich Gamma is technical director at the Software Technology Center of Object Technology International in Zurich, Switzerland.
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