Friday, March 30, 2007

Where to start?

A developer that starts his adventure with eclipse contributions, always hit one obstacle - Eclipse is big. Huge. Enormous.

A dozens of plugins in newly downloaded distribution. Thousands of classes, and uncountable amount of code lines.

So, how to get from user interface the underlying code?

I will show you the easy way:

1. Check out all plugins from repository that are connected with your area of interests.

2. Lets say we are trying to modify 'Apply Patch...' action. So press Ctrl-H and perform search.

3. There is no much results:

4. When you check them, you will see another terms to search:

5. Search for them again:

6. Voila - we have the action (and the code):

Best Regards,

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