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Jan 6

XAML in SWT / Where The Ribbon Is

Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 in Articles, Eclipse Articles.

I get loads of traffic and email thanks the Ribbon. It’s truly an alpha project that went completely beyond what I had imagined. It’s exciting of course, but as much as it should give me a warm fuzzy feeling, it actually makes me rather nauseous. The thing is, a lot of the code is a [...]


Sep 18

Printing SWT Tables with PaperClips

Posted on Friday, September 18, 2009 in Articles, Eclipse Articles.

In this article I will explain how to print a table using PaperClips (as of this writing PaperClips is in process of moving to the Eclipse Nebula project). When I say print, I mean print literally, as in printing on a printer. PaperClips is a lightweight API that makes building printable pages very easy. It [...]


Jun 30

Creating a Notification Popup Widget

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 in Articles, Eclipse Articles.

In this article I will explain how to create a custom widget that displays a popup notification dialog in the bottom right corner of your screen (usually above the toolbar on Windows). Here’s what it will look like when we’re done: We could custom draw everything which would allow us more control over the widget, [...]


May 22

MenuManagers and You

Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 in Articles, Eclipse Articles, Programming.

If you’re using Eclipse RCP (or even standalone SWT with JFace) you are most likely using MenuManagers in various places, for popup menus, toolbar menus, etc. You might be happily using them without much of a thought or care of where they end up after they have been shown or how their internal workings actually [...]


Jan 2

Glazed Lists + SWT Tables == True

Posted on Friday, January 2, 2009 in Articles, Eclipse Articles, Programming.

If you haven’t heard about Glazed Lists until now, it’s about time you do, because it’s probably the last tables and grid sorting/filtering API you will ever need. It will also be the last time you rip your hair out when someone asks you for a multi-sort-multi-thread-asynchronously-updated-filtered-unique-table (which happens all the time, right?). From here [...]