Sunday, August 27, 2006

Viewer-Features form 3.3 in Eclipse-3.2

There are many many exciting features added in 3.3 cycle to jface but many people need a solution now and not in 3.3-Timeframe. I myself have a need for some of those feature so I started back-porting them which is at the moment not really hard because at the moment JFace-Viewers doesn't use anything not available in 3.2-sources.

I decided to make them publicly available because I think many also have a need for them. So for those who want to use exciting features added in 3.3 can fetch the sources at in my companies SVN-Directory. Don't forget to do your own QA to ensure everything is working as expected. If you find bugs you can file them to my companies bug-tracking system at and I'll try to incooperate them in eclipse bug-tracking system providing a patch for current HEAD-Trunk of CVS.

Before releasing a first version I'm trying to get the patches to 3.3-CVS-HEAD:

The current features/bug fixes against 3.2:

This project will only continue until 3.3 is out afterwards people will need to recompile their code replacing at.bestsolution.jface32.* through org.eclipse.jface.*.

At the end please note the following things:
  • this is nothing official from Eclipse and I only thought that there are maybe others who have the same needs than I have.
  • There's a great likelihood that new API added in 3.3 at some point will change while 3.3 evolves so the API you find now is maybe a subject to change in the next release.

Thursday, August 24, 2006


Banging my head against Viewers since about a month we finally reached a state where it's possible the first time to use viewers with different widget than org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Table. At the moment only TableViewer supports widget independency but once this is in head. TreeViewer is the next to come.