PDE UI Incubator ApiTools Compare
API Comparison Tool
What is it for?
The tool compares APIs exposed by two versions of your product. It reports changes that might break backward compatibility and provides a list of backward-compatible modifications.
Reports are produced as XML and HTML files. Here is the sample report showing APIs modified in a way that might break backward compatibility:
and here is the sample report on backward compatible API changes:
What’s an API?
Good question. For starters here are some links; more information will be added later to this section.
Evolving Java-based APIs - What is considered an API in Eclipse
How to Use the Eclipse API - APIs in Eclipse from consumer's view point
Binary Compatibility - The Java Language Specification
API Javadoc tags - Potential way to work with "soft" rules used in Eclipse
How does the tool work?
The tool contains two operations: create an API snapshot and compare the code against API snapshot.
Both operations can be accessed via menus or run in a batch mode.
The dialog to create API snapshot looks like this:
And the dialog to compare code with the API snapshot looks like this:
Getting the Pieces
Source code is stored in the PDE incubator (:pserver:email@example.com:/cvsroot/eclipse) in the HEAD/pde-incubator/api-tooling/plugins.
There are two plug-ins:
The Eclipse 3.3M4 or later should be used to compile those plug-ins.
Eclipse Bugzilla - Eclipse bug tracking database.
PDE Incubator - New projects that might be incorporated into PDE in future.
PDE UI Home Page - The main PDE UI web site.