FAQ How can templates make me the fastest coder ever?

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The Eclipse editor framework has excellent support for templates, and we don’t mean the C++ kind.

In Eclipse, templates are fragments of code that can be inserted in an editor to ease the entering of repetitive code. Code templates are accessed and used in the same way as Content Assist. In the following example, we entered for, then pressed Ctrl+Space. We chose iterate over array with temporary value and pressed the Tab key to advance to the first variant in the inserted template (Figure 3.1). When we enter a new name for the index variable, all occurrences in the template are automatically changed also.

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    Figure 3.1   After inserting the for loop template

Another powerful, and quite useful, example is the following: Select a couple of statements, press Ctrl+Space and select try catch block to encapsulate the current selection with an exception handler.

New templates can also be defined. Templates can be imported and exported, allowing them to be shared among multiple developers in a team.

See Window > Preferences > Java > Editor > Templates and press F1 for relevant help on this topic.

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