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Eclipse puts wireframe boxes round stuff - how do I stop it?

 
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I use Eclipse a lot, and recently upgraded to the latest 3.1.2 from 3.0.something. Most stuff is the same, but I have noticed one thing which is annoying me.

As an aside, my main problem with Eclipse (and GUI development tools in general) is that they do stuff graphically, then make up their own name for what they are doing, but never seem to tell mere users what that name is. So I find it very hard to look up answers to my questions and problems - I just don't know the right words.

Anyway. My current problem is that Eclipse keeps putting strange wireframe boxes round some things it automatically generates (for example by using the "create field" option if you right click on one of those little yellow triangles that appear in the left margin on a line referring to a non-existent field). So far I have failed to see any reason or benefit for drawing these boxes, and they seem to just get in the way and hang around being irritating.

So (a) does anyone know what they are called by the Eclipse folks? (b) are they at all useful? (c) how do I stop Eclipse from doing it?

All help very much appreciated.
 
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a) Marker annotations, b) No, IMHO c) The rendering for a particular marker type is generally hard-coded, although there might be some customization available for others. I similarly hate the way that highlights stick around after you've searched for and found something. I don't know how to make the damn things go away other than by editing the line where it appears.


As an aside, my main problem with Eclipse (and GUI development tools in general) is that they do stuff graphically, then make up their own name for what they are doing, but never seem to tell mere users what that name is. So I find it very hard to look up answers to my questions and problems - I just don't know the right words.



Amen, brother. I like to believe I'm not stupid, but I find it utterly impossible to use Microsoft's help system to learn how to do even the simplest tasks in Word. I've always thought this was deliberate; they most likely get kickbacks from training companies. Without training -- which in this case, is useful only to the extent that they presumably clue you in to the secret vocabulary -- the help system is useless.
 
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