Peter Nehrer

15 articles

Eclipse Tip: Don’t Let Bugs Get Lost Without Trace

The ability to trace your program's execution may prove invaluable when you are trying to hunt down an elusive problem. Although the Eclipse Java...

Eclipse Tip: Making a Good First Impression

Eclipse Tip: Making a Good First Impression In the business world, few will question the importance of a good first impression. The initial encounter with...

Eclipse Tip: Customize Your Feature Installation with Install Handlers

When developing an Eclipse RCP-based application, you get to decide how to install it into the end-user's environment; Eclipse does not force you into using any...

Eclipse Tip: Use Optional Plug-in Dependencies to Support Diverse Runtime Environments

The Eclipse runtime is a dynamic environment composed of numerous plug-ins, or bundles, running in an OSGi-compliant framework (Equinox). The OSGi Alliance aims to...

Eclipse Tip: Define Custom Content Types to Identify Your Data Files

In desktop environments, the typical approach for identifying a file's content is to check its extension. You're familiar with the myriad of three-letter extensions...

Eclipse Tip: Create Rich User Interfaces with the HTML Browser Widget

Anyone involved in developing web-based applications can attest to the importance of their visual appeal. As users, we have become quite accustomed to seeing nice-looking web...

Eclipse Tip: Use Extension Tracker to Write Dynamic-Aware Plug-ins

If you ever developed an Eclipse plug-in, chances are you had to implement an "extension" to plug your functionality into the Workbench. In fact,...

Eclipse Tip: Use the Execution Environment to Create Portable Java Projects

In Eclipse, creating Java projects is easy—you invoke the New Java Project wizard, enter the new project's name, click Finish, and you're done. If...

Eclipse Tip: How to Live on the Cutting Edge

The Eclipse Foundation's download servers barely cooled off after the Callisto release, and the first milestone build of the next Eclipse version (3.3M1) is already...

Programming the Eclipse Workbench

What makes Eclipse applications most easily recognizable is the Workbench. It is the foundation of applications such as the Eclipse IDE — the main window contains...

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