Plug-in Dependency Visualization
Understanding dependencies between plug-ins in Eclipse is a complex task. The current plug-in dependency analysis tools available in Eclipse are restricted to simple tree views with drill-down support. This project aims at adding visualization support to the Eclipse Plug-in Development Environment (PDE) in order to help provide cognitive support to developers as they analyze their plug-in dependencies. This view is being done as part of the Google Summer Of Code.
The dependency visualization aims to provide a set of views to assist with plug-in dependency analysis tasks. In particular, the views will provide cognitive support to people as they attempt to understand the dependencies between their plug-ins.
For a complete description of the view, please visit the project website.
For a complete list of all the open issues, please see our bug list.
1. Complete the PDE View and add plug-in filters
- Filter by JRE Version (Bug#168729)
- Filter by Enabled / Disabled (Bug#183658)
2. Add dependency path analysis (show why a plug-in is required by highlighting dependency paths). (Bug#183815)
3. Add improved navigation support
- Forward and back button support (Bug#183818)
- Add search support for the list of show plug-ins (Bug#183819)
4. Remove the dependency on GEF (Bug#183820)
5. Add Screenshot support (Bug#199491)
6. Add Show Version Number (Bug#200046)
7. Introduce error reporting This was a number of small bugs that provides "smart error reporting" when errors are found in the dependencies
8. Investigate the use of the Draw2D Directed Graph Layout (Bug#200195)
Accessing the code
Look here for a complete description of how to access the code for the PDE Dependency View