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Eclipse IDE Plug-in Development Training

Duration Target group
5 days Software developers
and architects

Training overview:
In this training you will learn how to extend the Eclipse IDE with additional Plug-ins. This includes the creation of new views, editors, menus as well as the addition of new Quickfixes in the java editor.

As a developer you will learn how to professionally enhance the Eclipse IDE. Extensive exercises will allow you to consolidate the knowledge you have learned.

This training can be tailored to the needs of your team.

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Online Training

Language Price
Eclipse Plug-in development in the vogella interactive Learning Portal Englisch 250 EUR *


* Annual fee for the first year. For each additional year, the annual fee is 50 EUR. All prices are listed w/o VAT.

Onsite Training

Place Date Language Price
At your location tbd German / English Upon request


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Introduction to Plug-in development

  • Components of the Eclipse platform
  • Important configuration files

Plug-in development and deployment

  • Creating plug-ins
  • Exporting plug-ins
  • Using features
  • Creating update sites

Using the application model

  • The concept of the dynamic application model
  • Accessing, updating and creating model elements
  • Using model fragments and processors

Using the Eclipse dependency injection framework

  • Introduction into dependency injection
  • Using DI in Eclipse e4 components
  • Using DI in Eclipse 3.x components
  • Accessing the Eclipse context via singletons

Extending the IDE with views

  • Contributing 3.x views
  • Contributing e4 view

User interface programming with SWT and JFace

  • Using SWT
  • Using JFace
  • Using Databinding
  • Implementing wizards and dialogs

Declarative styling with CSS

  • Introduction into CSS
  • Definition of styles and themes, colors and gradients
  • Styling specific widgets
  • Dynamic style switching at runtime
  • Using the CSS Spy tooling

Using commands

  • Contributing commands and menus
  • Using toolbars, view menus and popup menus

Platform services and interaction of components

  • Service overview
  • Part service
  • Model service
  • Selection service
  • Command and Handler service

Modularity for Eclipse 4 applications

  • Contributing to the application model
  • Static model contributions with fragments
  • Dynamic model contributions with processors

Internationalization (i18n)

  • Adding support for multiple languages
  • Usage of fragment projects
  • Outlook: translation services in Eclipse 4

Concurrent UIs

  • SWT threading
  • Avoiding invalid thread access
  • Asynchronous processing with the Eclipse API

Resources and markers

  • Integration with the problems view
  • Custom markers

Adapter pattern

  • Implementing the adapter pattern
  • Adaptable objects
  • Using the Properties and Outline view

Implementing custom text editors

  • Implementing a text editor
  • Reusing the generic editor framework
  • Providing syntax highlighting, hover, code complemetion and validation

Extending the Java development tools

  • Abstract Syntax Tree vs Java Model
  • Custom generators
  • Custom quick fixes
  • Custom templates
  • Using the refactoring API