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Clean SWT Listener Notifcations with SWTEventHelper

Writing tests for SWT based UIs often requires to notify widget listeners programmatically. Unfortunately the code to create, initialize and finally to trigger the event is a bit verbose and distracts from the actual purpose of the test. After writing similar initialization routines a couple of times I came up with a little utility class that avoid these redundancies and ...

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Using the AutoValue Code Generator in Eclipse

My colleague Moritz of EclipseSource recently came across Google Auto, a collection of Java code generators. AutoValue is one of them and generates Java code for immutable objects. It provides an annotation and an annotation processor to generate Java code for immutable value objects. The current version is labelled RC1 and a 1.0 release is soon to come. The idea ...

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Responsive UIs with Eclipse and SWT

Recently I had the problem that my ‘well-conceived’ view design did not scale down reasonably. I realized that the flexibility to arrange viewparts in stacks of arbitrary sizes in an Eclipse workbench window does not exactly ease the development of appealing UIs. At least if you strive for more than a set of actions placed around a list, table or ...

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Mockito Templates for Eclipse

Sometimes I miss the forest for the trees – and that for a disturbingly long time. I just became aware of this once again recently, typing one of the more verbose mockito expressions for the umpteenth time. The statement in question was a doAnswer(Answer) construct which always feels a bit cumbersome to code with the static import and generics stuff ...

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Playing with Java 8 Lambdas in the JDT

I’ve been playing with the language a bit while tinkering with the Java 8 support under development by the Eclipse Java development tools (JDT) project. I’ll admit that I’m a little underwhelmed by lambdas in Java 8. This, of course, comes from an Old Dude Who Knows Smalltalk (and LISP/Scheme). Like any good Smalltalk curmudgeon, when I set about learning ...

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Building and Running Java 8 Support

The Eclipse support for Java 8 is not yet available for download. If you want to play with it, you’ve got to build it. Eclipsepedia’s JDT Core/Java8 page includes instructions for setting up your development environment with the source for the evolving Java 8 support in the Eclipse Java development tools (JDT). There’s a few pieces missing from the instructions; ...

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PMI Facelift

The Project Management Infrastructure (PMI) is still, frankly, a little too ugly for my liking. A proper facelift with the help of a graphics designer and somebody who knows a thing or two about designing websites is still required (and planned). Having said that, we’re taking a small step forward. Over the weekend, I will release an update to the ...

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Top 5 Useful Hidden Eclipse Features

Eclipse is a beast. A device whose mystery is only exceeded by its power. Some would call it a continuum transfunctioner. Others would call it a transmogrifier. Yes, it is so huge, it takes years to master. And then, your manager shows up and tells you: We’re using NetBeans now. Just kidding. No one uses NetBeans, except for Adam Bien. ...

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