Frequently Asked Questions for Java Development Tools (JDT)
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How to disable the navigation bar or the mini package explorer located above the Java editor?
The navigation bar is called the Breadcrumb. To disable the breadcrumb, click Toggle Java Editor Breadcrumb in the main toolbar. Since 3.7, you can also choose Hide Breadcrumb from the context menu of a breadcrumb item. More details on the Java editor breadcrumb can be found in Eclipse help.
Can I use JDT outside Eclipse to compile Java code?
Yes, the batch compiler can be invoked from command line or via the ant javac adapter. More details can be found in Java development user guide.
How can I disable auto-indentation in the Java editor?
You can disable smart insert mode (Edit > Smart Insert Mode), alternatively you can also configure the Smart Insert Mode (Windows > Preferences > Java > Editor > Typing).
Can I enable code completion to be activated as I type like how it works in Visual Studio?
Go to Preferences > Java > Editor > Content Assist and paste "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz." (note the dot after z) into the "Auto activation triggers for Java:" field.
Why is Content Assist displaying an empty proposal window?
Check your default proposal generators by navigating to:
Window > Preferences > Java > Editor > Content Assist > Advanced
Ensure the top-most table (defining the default content assist list) has your desired proposal generators. You'll likely want "Java Proposals"
Code completion inserts meaningless names for method parameters - arg0, arg1. What is the problem?
The argument names are fetched from the source or javadoc and if Eclipse cannot find them then it can only suggest arg0, arg1, etc. To solve the problem you can
- Use a JDK, the sources are bundled with a JDK but not with a JRE (see also IRC FAQ ).
- Another solution is to have the Javadoc installed locally. Eclipse can also fetch it from the web but this can timeout for slow connections in which case you get arg0, arg1, etc.
- You can also configure Eclipse to insert the best guessed names, see Windows > Preferences > Java > Editor > Content Assist, select 'Insert best guessed names'.
Why are some files not getting copied into the output folder?
The Java builder compiles the Java files in the source folders and copies the rest of un-filtered resources to the output folder. You can modify the list of filtered resources at:
Window > Preferences > Java > Compiler > Building > Output folder
Note that these can also be configured per project.
In IntelliJ I can map any folder to any package name, can I do the same in Eclipse?
You can, sort of - http://www.eclipse.org/forums/index.php/mv/msg/277485/782414/
I do not want to use the Eclipse builder, is there some way for me to tell Eclipse to use my program when building my project?
- open the project's properties
- go to 'Builders' page
- click 'New...'
- choose your program
Also, don't disable auto-build but rather disable the other builder(s) in the project properties.
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You may find your answer in the Java Development Tool API section of The Official Eclipse FAQs.
Can I use JDT outside Eclipse to manipulate Java code?
JDT Core has no dependency on UI side, however it requires a runtime-workbench. Hence you can use it in an Eclipse headless application or include all the dependent jar files in the class path of your application. (You will have to use ASTParser.setSource() and ASTParser.setEnvironment() to be able to parse non Eclipse Java projects.)
How to go from one of IBinding, IJavaElement, ASTNode to another?
From an IBinding to its declaring ASTNode
From an IBinding to an IJavaElement
From an ASTNode to an IBinding
Look for a 'resolveBinding()' (or similarly named method) method in a subtype of ASTNode. Note that not all subtypes of ASTNode have a corresponding binding, e.g. MethodDeclaration, Expression and VariableDeclaration have one but IfStatement and ForStatement do not.
From an IJavaElement to an IBinding
If you only need the binding key and not the binding object itself, look for a 'getKey()' method in a subtype of IJavaElement. This method returns the binding key, which can be useful in many situations e.g. see next point. Note that not all subtypes of IJavaElement have a corresponding binding, e.g. IType and IMethod have one but IPackageFragment and IImportContainer do not.
If you really need the binding objects you can use 'org.eclipse.jdt.core.dom.ASTParser.createBindings(IJavaElement, IProgressMonitor)'. Note that this operation is slightly expensive, compared to just getting the binding key, as the bindings have to be created.
From an IJavaElement to its declaring ASTNode
org.eclipse.jdt.core.dom.CompilationUnit.findDeclaringNode(String) - The string parameter is the binding key, see previous point.
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