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Nebula PreferenceWindow

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Introduction

PreferenceWindow.png

A widget that displays a window to set up preferences.

Why did I create this widget whereas the PreferenceDialog exists in JFace ? Well, first of all the look is different. Then I think that even if my widget is less flexible, it is easier to configure and covers 95% of all cases. Finally, I had a lot of fun creating this widget :)

Usage

Methodology

Fill data

The first thing to do is to fill a Map<String,Object> to store preference value. Each value is associated to a key. If a data is not initialised, the widget will initialise it to a default value that depends on the type :

  • False for Boolean
  • Empty string for Strings
  • 0 for Float and Integer

Example :

final Map<String, Object> data = new HashMap<String, Object>();
data.put("text", "A string");
data.put("int", new Integer(42));
data.put("float", new Float(3.14));
data.put("url", "http://www.google.fr/");
data.put("password", "password");
data.put("directory", "");
data.put("file", "");
data.put("textarea", "long long\nlong long\nlong long\ntext...");
data.put("comboReadOnly", "Value 1");
data.put("combo", "Other Value");

Create the window

Instanciating the window is done with the static method create. You can enter a parent shell or not :

final PreferenceWindow window = PreferenceWindow.create(shell, data);

Add the tabs

Once the window is created, simply call the method addTab() with 2 arguments : an image and a text label.

final PWTab documentTab = window.addTab(new Image(Display.getCurrent(), PreferenceWindowSnippet.class.getClassLoader().getResourceAsStream("org/mihalis/opal/preferenceWindow/images/document.png]]")), "Document");

Fill your tab with widgets

Once the tab is created, you can add widgets, row or group :

  • If you want to add just one widget, simply use the add() method with an instance of a widget. Each widget will be displayed in its own row.
documentTab.add(new PWPasswordText("Password :", "password"));
documentTab.add(new PWDirectoryChooser("Directory :", "directory"));
documentTab.add(new PWFileChooser("File :", "file"));
documentTab.add(new PWTextarea("Textarea :", "textarea"));

will display 4 widgets one below the others.

The add() method returns the tab, so you can chain statements :

documentTab.add(new PWLabel("Let's start with Text, Separator, Combo and button")).//
		add(new PWStringText("String :", "text").setAlignment(GridData.FILL)).//
		add(new PWIntegerText("Integer :", "int"));

  • If you want to put 2 or more widgets on one row, use the add() method with an instance of PWRow.

terminalTab.add(new PWRow().//
	add(new PWButton("First button", new SelectionAdapter() {
	})).//
	add(new PWButton("Second button", new SelectionAdapter() {
	})).//
	add(new PWButton("Third button", new SelectionAdapter() {
	})));

  • If you want to create a group box, use the add() method with an instance of PWGroup. In this instance, you can add rows or widgets
final PWGroup group = new PWGroup(false);
group.add(new PWRow().add(new PWCheckbox("First choice", "cb4")).add(new PWCheckbox("Second choice", "cb5")));
group.add(new PWRow().add(new PWCheckbox("Third choice", "cb6")).add(new PWCheckbox("Fourth choice", "cb7")));
group.add(new PWRow().add(new PWCheckbox("Fifth choice", "cb8")).add(new PWCheckbox("Sixth choice", "cb9")));
group.add(new PWRow().add(new PWCheckbox("Seventh choice", "cb10")).add(new PWCheckbox("Eighth choice", "cb11")));
printerTab.add(group);

Open the window and retrieve data

Once the window is built, simply use the method public boolean open() that will returns true if the user pressed the "Ok" button, and false if the user pressed the "Cancel" button. You can retrieve values by calling the method public Map<String, Object> getValues().

Available widgets

Most of the widget are binded to a key. The key correspond to a key in the map used to configure the PreferenceWindow.

PWLabel

Pwlabel.png

Accepted data type : None

Constructor : public PWLabel(final String label)

This widgdet is a label. The text can contains some pseudo-HTML tags for formatting :

  • <br/> for adding a line break
  • <i>...</i> to render text in italic
  • <u>...</u> to render text in underline
  • <b>...</b> to render text in bold
  • <size>...</size> to increase/decrease text size. You can use the following syntaxes : <code><nowiki><size=10> (10px), <size=+4>, <size=-4>
  • <color>...</color> to change foreground color. You can use the following syntaxes : <color=#FFCCAA> (HTML color code), <color=9,255,10> (RGB values) and <color=aliceblue> (HTML color code)
  • <backgroundcolor>...</backgroundcolor> to change background color. You can use the following syntaxes : <backgroundcolor=#FFCCAA> (HTML color code), <backgroundcolor=9,255,10> (RGB values) and <backgroundcolor=aliceblue> (HTML color code)

PWSeparator

Pwseparator.png

Accepted data type : 'None

Constructors :

  • public PWSeparator()
  • public PWSeparator(final String label)
  • public PWSeparator(final String label, final Image image)

This widget is a separator, that can eventually contains a text and/or an image

PWGroup

Pwgroup.png

Accepted data type : None

Constructors :

  • public PWGroup(final boolean hasBorder)
  • public PWGroup(final String label)
  • public PWGroup(final String label, final boolean hasBorder)

This widgdet is a group, that can have a label and/or a border. In a row, you can put Widgets or Rows, like in Tabs.

PWStringText

Pwstringtext.png

Accepted data type : String

Constructor : public PWStringText(final String label, final String propertyKey)

This widget is a text box. The user can type anything, there is no validation rule.

PWIntegerText

Pwintegertext.png

Accepted data type : Integer

Constructor : public PWIntegerText(final String label, final String propertyKey)

This widget is a text box. The user can type only integers.

PWFloatText

Pwfloattext.png

Accepted data type : Float

Constructor : public PWFloatText(final String label, final String propertyKey)

This widget is a text box. The user can type only floats.

PWURLText

Pwurltext.png

Accepted data type : String

Constructor : public PWURLText(final String label, final String propertyKey)

This widget is a text box. The user can type only URL. If a typed URL is not typed correctly, an error message is displayed.

PWPasswordText

Pwpassword.png

Accepted data type : String

Constructor : public PWPasswordText(final String label, final String propertyKey)

This widget is a text box. The user can type passwords.

PWTextarea

Pwtextarea.png

Accepted data type : String

Constructor : public PWTextarea(final String label, final String propertyKey)

This widget is a text box for long texts (more than a line, for example a description).

PWDirectoryChooser

Pwdirectorychooser.png

Accepted data type : String

Constructor : public PWDirectoryChooser(final String label, final String propertyKey)

This widget can be use to select a directory. Once the user clicks on the "Choose..." button, a pop-up directory selector is displayed.

PWFileChooser

Pwfilechooser.png

Accepted data type : String

Constructor : public PWFileChooser(final String label, final String propertyKey)

This widget can be use to select a file. Once the user clicks on the "Choose..." button, a pop-up file selector is displayed.

PWFontChooser

Pwfontchooser.png

Accepted data type : FontData

Constructor : public PWFontChooser(final String label, final String propertyKey)

This widget can be use to select a font. Once the user clicks on the "Choose..." button, a pop-up font selector is displayed.

PWColorChooser

Pwcolorchooser.png

Accepted data type : Color

Constructor : public PWColorChooser(final String label, final String propertyKey)

This widget can be use to select a color. Once the user clicks on the button, a pop-up color selector is displayed.

PWButton

File:PwButton.png

Accepted data type : None

Constructor : public PWButton(final String label, final SelectionListener listener)

This widget is a button, not associated to a value. You must specify an instance of SelectionListener to execute the code when the button is pressed.

PWSpinner

Pwspinner.png

Accepted data type : Integer

Constructor : public PWSpinner(final String label, final String propertyKey, final int min, final int max)

This widget is a spinner. The value entered by the user should be between min and max.

PWScale

Pwscale.png

Accepted data type : Integer

Constructor : public PWScale(final String label, final String propertyKey, final int min, final int max, final int increment)

This widget is a slider. The value entered by the user should be between min and max.

PWCheckbox

Pwcheckbox.png

Accepted data type : Boolean

Constructor : public PWCheckbox(final String label, final String propertyKey)

This widget is a chekbox.

PWCombo

Pwcombo1.png Pwcombo2.png

Accepted data type : String if the combo box is editable, any object otherwise

Constructors :

* public PWCombo(final String label, final String propertyKey, final Object... values) (for read-only combo)
* public PWCombo(final String label, final String propertyKey, final boolean editable, final Object... values)

This widget is a combo box. If the widget is not editable, the user has to pick one value in a list. Otherwise, the user can choose one given value or type any value.

If the widget is not editable, you can initialize the combo with a list of objects. The value displayed in the combo box is the String representation of the Object (toString() method). If the widget is editable, the value displayed in the combo are necessarly String objects.

PWRadio

Pwradio.png

Accepted data type : Any object

Constructor : public PWRadio(final String label, final String prop, final Object... values)

This widget is a list of radio buttons : the user has to pick one value in a list. Otherwise, the user can choose one given value or type any value.

The value displayed for each button is the String representation of the Object (toString() method).

Additional methods for widgets

You can set up some extra parameters for each widget with the following setters :

  • public PWWidget setAlignment(final int alignment), to set the alignment of the widget (GridData.BEGINNING,GridData.CENTER,GridData.END,GridData.FILL)
  • public PWWidget setEnabler(final Enabler enabler) to set a disabler/enabler (see below)
  • public PWWidget setGrabExcessSpace(final boolean grabExcessSpace), to set the behaviour of the widget
  • public PWWidget setHeight(final int height), to set the height of the widget
  • public PWWidget setIndent(final int indent), to set the indentation space on the left side of the widget
  • public PWWidget setWidth(final int width), to set the width of the widget

Because these setters return the widget itself, you can chain instructions :

printerTab.add(new PWRow().//
		add(new PWCheckbox("Automatically check for new versions", "cb12").setWidth(300)).//
		add(new PWButton("Check for updates...", new SelectionAdapter() {
		}).setWidth(250).setAlignment(GridData.END)));

Enable/disable a widget, a row or a group

You can decide to enable or disable a widget regarding the value of another widget. Because a widget is binded to a property, you have to establish a link beetwen the key (that stores a value) and the widget. This link is done by an object called an Enabler.

3 enablers are provided by the library :

  • EnabledIfTrue(String prop). The widget is enabled only if a boolean property is true (for example, a checkbox is checked).
  • EnabledIfEquals(String prop, Object value). The widget is enabled only if a property is equal to a given value (for example, a value in a combo box or a radio group).
  • EnabledIfNotEquals(String prop, Object value). The widget is enabled only if a property is NOT equal to a given value (for example, a value in a combo box or a radio group).

Otherwise, you can create your own enabler. You just has to extend the abstract class org.eclipse.nebula.widgets.opal.preferencewindow.enabler.Enabler.Enabler and implements the method public abstract boolean isEnabled().

You can set an enabler to a widget, a row or a group. If a row has an enabler and a widget in this row has another enabler, the widget is enabled only if both conditions are true.

Example :

systemTab.add(new PWGroup("Open Mode").setEnabler(new EnabledIfTrue("show")).//
		add(new PWRadio(null, "openMode", "Double click", "Single click")).//
		add(new PWCheckbox("Select on hover", "selectonhover").setIndent(10).setWidth(200).setEnabler(new EnabledIfEquals("openMode", "Single click"))).//
		add(new PWCheckbox("Open when using arrow keys", "openarrow").setIndent(10).setWidth(200).setEnabler(new EnabledIfEquals("openMode", "Single click"))));

By default, the preference window will show that :

Enabled1.png

When the user clicks on the "Show information button", the group "Open mode" is activated :

Enabled2.png

And when the users clicks on the radio button "Single Click", the 2 checkboxes are enabled :

Enabled3.png

Example

A snippet called PreferenceWindowSnippet is available in the plugin org.eclipse.nebula.widgets.opal.preferencewindow.snippets.

This example is also available here : PreferenceWindowSnippet.java

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