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Eclipse Plugins Book: Can this help a newbie?

 
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I have a question about the promo book, and eclipse plugin dev in general.

Although fairly proficient in Java development (SCJP 1.4), I am much more comfortable with handling GUI/event handling in HTML and Javascript. This stems from a long time spent writing JSPs and EJBs. Can an eclipse plugin be written with an HTML/Javascript frontend, and a Java backend for handling any connections to edited documents, server events and/or streams?

I keep getting conflicting answers to this question, so I'm stalled on where to turn. (Mostly it's 'yes, but that's documented somewhere else.)

In my current work environment, we have need for varous small automation utilities (which I write in my odd moments) that would be ideal as a 'sidebar' editor panel, acting on a document in the main editor panel. I'm not sure where to start. I've been writing HTAs to do these file editor functions, and they've been very successful, but a better solution would be one that's integrated with our main tools.

Most importantly, does this book cover anything like this?

Cheers! -- Bill
 
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The typical plugin will use SWT & JFace for the UI.

Could you use HTML? I suppose, you could run HTML in the embedded Eclipse broser widget, but that doesn't strike me like avery good idea.

Our book only covers the traditional case of using SWT/JFace for the UI.
 
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Cool then. I guess I'll get better with SWT and JFace. It was time, anyway.

Also, thank you. That was the straightest answer I've gotten to the HTML question. So many places have adcie on how to do it, but none about whether it's advisable.

Cheers! -- Bill
 
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If I have an application's UI written in Java Swing, would it require lot of
changes to convert it to an eclipse plug in ? Does the book cover all those ?
 
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seema prakash wrote:If I have an application's UI written in Java Swing, would it require lot of
changes to convert it to an eclipse plug in ? Does the book cover all those ?


It would probbaly require a lot of changes..not the least of which would be to re-write the UI using SWT/JFace.

The book does not cover Swing conversion issues at all.
 
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