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groovy eclipse plugin

I just tried the Groovy Eclipse plugin again ( after a pause of about 4-5 months ). I must say I’m very impressed with what it can do.
Nice job, Groovy plugin team!


How to use the eclipse code formatter from your code

I was wondering if I could use the Eclipse Code Formatter from inside my code … so, the logical thing to do was to ask on stackoverflow, and see if anyone knew how to do that. Thanks to VonC‘s answer, I found out about the CodeFormatter class … and 10 jars and 2 hours later, I’ve got it working.

Here’s how I did it.

CodeFormatter is an abstract class, which means you can’t instantiate it directly. So, I started to search about classes derived from it, and so I found out about DefaultCodeFormatter, which I presumed was what I was looking for. I was right.

DefaultCodeFormatter implements the method :

public abstract TextEdit format(int kind,
                                String source,
                                int offset,
                                int length,
                                int indentationLevel,
                                String lineSeparator)

Method documentation can be read  here.

I wrote the following code to test it :

... main(String[] args) {
   String code = "public class geo{public static void main(String[] args){System.out.println(\"geo\");}}";
   CodeFormatter cf = new DefaultCodeFormatter();
   TextEdit te = cf.format(CodeFormatter.K_UNKNOWN, code, 0,code.length(),0,null);

I used the CodeFormatter.K_UNKNOWN constant for the formatting, because I was thinking that the CodeFormatter will “deduce” the type of code I’ve passed it. I’m not really sure what K_UNKNOWN does, but it seems to work well with the code I’ve tried.

So … the DefaultCodeFormatter returned a TextEdit object as the result of the code formatting.
I was kind of hoping that it’s toString method would give me the code. Instead, I found out it had several ReplaceEdit children nodes. I tried to iterate over each of the children and print their text using their getText, but they wouldn’t “show me the code” 🙂 . I thought “TextEdit’s apply method sounds interesting. Let’s see what it does”. Checking it’s method signature :

apply(IDocument document) 

revealed a IDocument parameter. I was hoping it would be easy to create a Document object, and that I wouldn’t need any other “eclipse objects”. Turns out it was easy. There is a Document implementation, that has a String constructor :

Document(String initialContent)

I applied the TextEdit to the document, and hoped for the best. The eclipse console printed out nicely formatted code. WIN !

Here’s the full code for the class I used to test the CodeFormatter :

import org.eclipse.jdt.core.formatter.CodeFormatter;
import org.eclipse.jdt.internal.formatter.DefaultCodeFormatter;
import org.eclipse.jface.text.BadLocationException;
import org.eclipse.jface.text.Document;
import org.eclipse.jface.text.IDocument;
import org.eclipse.text.edits.MalformedTreeException;
import org.eclipse.text.edits.MultiTextEdit;
import org.eclipse.text.edits.ReplaceEdit;
import org.eclipse.text.edits.TextEdit;

public class FormatterTest {

	public static void main(String[] args)
		String code = "public class geo{public static void main(String[] args){System.out.println(\"geo\");}}";
		CodeFormatter cf = new DefaultCodeFormatter();
		TextEdit te = cf.format(CodeFormatter.K_UNKNOWN, code, 0,code.length(),0,null);
		IDocument dc = new Document(code);
		try {
		} catch (MalformedTreeException e) {
			// TODO Auto-generated catch block
		} catch (BadLocationException e) {
			// TODO Auto-generated catch block

Here’s the list of jars I had to add to the classpath to get the code formatter to work :

  1. org.eclipse.jdt.core_3.4.4.v_894_R34x.jar
  2. org.eclipse.text_3.4.0.v20080605-1800.jar
  3. org.eclipse.core.runtime_3.4.0.v20080512.jar
  4. org.eclipse.osgi_3.4.3.R34x_v20081215-1030.jar
  5. org.eclipse.equinox.common_3.4.0.v20080421-2006.jar
  6. org.eclipse.core.resources_3.4.2.R34x_v20090126.jar
  7. org.eclipse.core.jobs_3.4.1.R34x_v20081128.jar
  8. org.eclipse.core.contenttype_3.3.0.v20080604-1400.jar
  9. org.eclipse.osgi.services_3.1.200.v20071203.jar
  10. org.eclipse.equinox.preferences_3.2.201.R34x_v20080709.jar

They may have different versions on your eclipse installation. They worked for my eclipse installation :

Version: 3.4.2
Build id: M20090211-1700

One of those jars isn’t needed, but I can’t remember which. Sorry for the extra classes.

Hope this helps anyone!


how to get around a eclipse cdt less pleasant feature

I’m running Eclipse 3.2.2 with the CDT plugin. I installed this using ubuntu’s synaptic.

I hated the part where I needed to create my own makefile, but I got past that. For your information, my main target’s name is “all”, a name I think most of you use. The thing is, every once in a while, if I clean the project, I receive an error message saying:

make all 
make: Nothing to be done for `all'.

I don’t know if this can be fixed from within eclipse, but you can do this :

  • open a shell
  • go to the project’s directory
  • remove the created binary and the resulted object files
  • refresh the eclipse project and build it
  • that’s it!

I’ve used this with success, I hope it helps you. I also think I may be using an outdated CDT, but, this was the one existent in synaptic’s repository.

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