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Avoid pitfalls with property testers in a RCP app

Sorting Thoughts Context Menu
For a new Sorting Thoughts feature that give the user access to context based action items in a context menu, I learned again that Eclipse and the Command Core Expressions are sometimes not very clear. When you leave the trivial way, you can waste many many time to find the right solution.

At first glance it seems to be very easy, I thought I must only register and implement a property tester and all is fine. But I was wrong. Without the help of Robert Wloch article “Property Testers with Command Core Expressions” I never thought that I have to implement a start up trigger (IStartup) and a ISelectionChangedListener too. So, if you want implement context based menu entries with property testers read the article first.

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SWT Gantt Chart Widget

A couple of weeks ago I integrated the SWT Gantt chart widget in Sorting Thoughts. And I must say it is a really useful SWT widget and it fits perfect in the concept of Sorting Thoughts.

The integration of the widget is very simple and it’s supports some interface reps. abstract classes which helps by the customizing. See AbstractSettings and AbstractLanguageManager. My only problem was to set a new min zoom level because the limit constant in ISettings is not overwriteable. But as workaround it is possible to use the IGanttEventListener. zoomedIn(…) to stop zooming in a not useful zoom level.

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Useful RegEx Plugin for Eclipse

RegEx Util is a very useful Eclipse plugin for testing Java regular expressions:

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Sorting Thoughts is now available

The final version of Sorting Thoughts (Eclipse RCP based) is now available and ready for test:

Sorting Thoughts” is a personal information and knowledge management software. It is designed to manage your thoughts such as moments of sudden inspirations, tasks, events, projects and anything else you may think of.



Test a brand new Eclipse RCP application


My Eclipse RCP application Sorting Thoughts (for Mac OS X and MS Windows, Sync with HP Palm webOS devices) is now ready for beta test. If you looking for a personal information and knowledge management software try a look at:

Sorting Thoughts BETA Version


Lösungen für einen SWT Rich Text Editor [Update]

Wenn man, wie ich, vor der Aufgabe steht einen WYSIWYG Rich Text Editor in eine Eclipse RCP Anwendung zu integrieren, stellt man leider schnell fest, das es keine Standardlösung gibt. Vielmehr hat man folgende Optionen mit ganz speziellen Vor- und Nachteilen, für die man sich entscheiden muss:

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