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JFace Data Binding/Rhino

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Revision as of 10:43, 18 March 2009 by (Talk | contribs) (XWT/Bean binding)


The goal of JFace Data Binding/Rhino is to support bindings to Rhino Javascript Scriptable Object. See (for the moment) TK-UI SVN but we are discussing with the Eclipse Team on where it can be made available.

JFace Data Binding/Rhino need Rhino 1.6.6, because to detect the change of the property of Javascript Object (thank's to Simon Kaegi), the Rhino observable value use getter/setter ScriptableObject#setGetterOrSetter(....) to fire JFace Databinding event.


Take a simple example. Imagine you have this script :

function Person(name) { = name

var person = new Person('Simon')

And you wish bind the property 'name' of the scriptable object person with SWT Text.


On load form page, SWT Text has 'Simon' value. When user type 'Boris' into SWT Text, it update property 'name' of the scriptable object person with 'Boris' value.


Like another JFace Databinding implementations (SWT, Beans, Pojo...), Rhino bindings project give you several JFace IObservableValue and IObservableList Rhino implementations accessible via the IObservable factory org.eclipse.core.databinding.rhino.RhinoObservables.

Here the code of the scriptable object Person binding wich use RhinoObservables :

// 1. Prepare script to excecute
String script = "function Person(name) { = name}; " +
		" var person = new Person('Simon')";
// 2. Load Rhino script by using ImporterTopLevel  
ScriptableObject global = null;
try {
  Context cx = ContextFactory.getGlobal().enterContext();
  global = new ImporterTopLevel(cx);
  cx.evaluateString(global, script, null, 0, null);
} finally {

// 3. Get UI observable 
IObservableValue uiObservable = SWTObservables.observeText(textWidget, SWT.Modify);
// 4. Get Rhino observable
IObservableValue rhinoObservable = RhinoObservables.observeValue(global, "person", "name");
// 5. Bind JS Person#name with SWT Text
DataBindingContext bindingContext = new DataBindingContext();
bindingContext.bindValue(uiObservable, rhinoObservable, null, null);

Why JFace Rhino Databinding?

You can tell you, why I need JFace Rhino Databinding, into which context? I will try to explain step by step why I think JFace Rhino Databinding could be used.

Eclipse E4/Declarative UI

One Eclipse E4 target is to have declarative UI capability. XWT is a proposition about declarative UI. If you want display SWT Text, you can write this XML content :

<Shell xmlns=""
    <Text />

XWT/Bean binding

XWT support Beans bindind with declarative mean. For instance if we bind the text attribute of Text to a property “Name” of a Bean Person, here is the data binding expression:

<Text text="{binding path=Name}"/>

Internally, XWT use JFace Databinding to manage binding, so we can extend it to manage any bindings (EMF, DOM...).


XWT has intention to support Javascript (see bug).

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