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Eclipse4/RCP/FAQ

How do I adopt the Eclipse 4 Application Platform?

Accessing the status line

Eclipse 3.x Eclipse 4.0
getViewSite()
  .getActionsBars()
      .getStatusLineManager()
          .setMessage(msg);
@Inject
IStatusLineManager statusLine;
...
statusLine.setMessage(msg);

Associating help context with a control

getSite()
  .getWorkbenchWindow()
    .getWorkbench()
       .getHelpSystem().setHelp(
               viewer.getControl(), some_id)
@Inject
IWorkbenchHelpSystem helpSystem;
...
helpSystem.setHelp(
        viewer.getControl(), some_id);

Handling errors and exceptions

try {
    ...
} catch (Exception ex) {
    IStatus status = new Status(
       IStatus.ERROR, "plugin-id",
       "Error while ...", ex);
    StatusManager.getManager()
        .handle(status, StatusManager.SHOW);
}
@Inject
StatusReporter statusReporter;
...
try{
    ...
} catch (Exception ex) {
    statusReporter.show("Error while ...", ex);
}

Accessing preference values

IPreferenceStore store =
    IDEWorkbenchPlugin.getDefault()
        .getPreferenceStore();
boolean saveBeforeBuild = store
    .getBoolean(SAVE_BEFORE_BUILD);
@Inject @Preference(SAVE_BEFORE_BUILD)
boolean saveBeforeBuild;
IPreferenceStore store =
    IDEWorkbenchPlugin.getDefault()
        .getPreferenceStore();
store.putBoolean(SAVE_BEFORE_BUILD, false);
FIXME: there's way to do this...
@Inject @Preference(SAVE_BEFORE_BUILD)
Provider<Boolean> saveBeforeBuild;
...
saveBeforeBuild.set(false);

Why won't my application start?

E4AP products require having the following plugins:

  • org.eclipse.equinox.ds (must be started)
  • org.eclipse.equinox.event (must be started)

Note that org.eclipse.equinox.ds must be explicitly started. In your product file, you should have a section:

  <configurations>
     <plugin id="org.eclipse.core.runtime" autoStart="true" startLevel="2" />
     <plugin id="org.eclipse.equinox.ds" autoStart="true" startLevel="3" />
     <plugin id="org.eclipse.equinox.event" autoStart="true" startLevel="3" />
  </configurations>


What is the difference between IEclipseContext#set and IEclipseContext#modify?

UI

How do I enable Drag N Drop (DND) of parts?

The DND addon is found in the org.eclipse.e4.ui.workbench.addons.swt plugin. However it requires the compatibility layer and is not available for native E4AP applications.