Eclipse Plug-in Development Beginner’s Guide – Second Edition

Key FeaturesCreate useful plug-ins to make Eclipse work for youLearn how to migrate Eclipse 3.x plug-ins to Eclipse 4.xFrom automation to testing, find out how to get your IDE performing at an impressive standardBook DescriptionEclipse is used by everyone from indie devs to NASA engineers. Its popularity is underpinned by its impressive plug-in ecosystem, which allows it to be extended to meet the needs of whoever is using it. This book shows you how to take full advantage of the Eclipse IDE by building your own useful plug-ins from start to finish.Taking you through the complete process of plug-in development, from packaging to automated testing and deployment, this book is a direct route to quicker, cleaner Java development. It may be for beginners, but we're confident that you'll develop new skills quickly. Pretty soon you'll feel like an expert, in complete control of your IDE.Don't let Eclipse define you - extend it with the plug-ins you need today for smarter, happier, and more effective development.What you will learnCreate plug-ins for Eclipse 4.xTest plug-ins automatically with JUnitDisplay tree and table information in viewsUpgrade Eclipse 3.x plug-ins to Eclipse 4.xFind out how to build user interfaces from SWT and JFaceRun tasks in the background and update the user interface asynchronouslyAutomate builds of plug-ins and featuresAutomate user interface tests with SWTBotAbout the AuthorDr Alex Blewitt has been developing Java applications since version 1.0 was released in 1996, and has been using the Eclipse platform since its first release as part of the IBM WebSphere Studio product suite. He got involved in the open source community as a tester when Eclipse 2.1 was being released for macOS, and then subsequently as an editor for EclipseZone, including being a finalist for Eclipse Ambassador in 2007. More recently, Alex has been writing for InfoQ, covering Java and specifically Eclipse and OSGi subjects.He is co-founder of the Docklands.LJC, a regional branch of the London Java Community in the Docklands, and a regular speaker at conferences.Alex currently works for an investment bank in London, and is a Director of Bandlem Limited. Alex blogs at and tweets as @alblue on Twitter, and is the author of both Mastering Eclipse 4 Plug-in Development, and Swift Essentials, both by Packt Publishing.Table of ContentsCreating Your First Plug-inCreating Views with SWTCreating JFace ViewersInteracting with the UserWorking with PreferencesWorking with ResourcesCreating Eclipse 4 ApplicationsMigrating to Eclipse 4.xStyling Eclipse 4 ApplicationsCreating Features, Update Sites, Applications, and ProductsAutomated Testing of Plug-insAutomated Builds with TychoContributing to EclipseUsing OSGi Services to Dynamically Wire ApplicationsPop Quiz Answers

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