Teams Winter 2011/team1/RCP/Define and use editors

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3. Define and Use Editors

3.1 Editor area

The first step to add editor area to the application is to make the visibility of the editor area in to true .

public class Perspective implements IPerspectiveFactory {

	public void createInitialLayout(IPageLayout layout) {
		layout.setEditorAreaVisible(true);   < --

		layout.addView(StudentsView.ID, IPageLayout.LEFT, 1.0f, layout.getEditorArea());
		//make the view fixed
		//make the view non-closeable

3.2 Add input editor

IEditorInput serves as the model for the editor and is supposed to be a light-weight representation of the model. For example the Eclipse IDE uses this concept to identify files without handling with the complete file. Based on the equals method the system will determine if the corresponding editor is already open or not therefore you should overwrite the method equals and hashcode in an implementation of IEditor.

Create the new class MyStudentEditorInput which implements IEditorInput.

package cs.ecl.rcp.simplercp.editor;

import org.eclipse.jface.resource.ImageDescriptor;
import org.eclipse.ui.IEditorInput;
import org.eclipse.ui.IPersistableElement;

public class MyStudentEditorInput implements IEditorInput {
        private final String id;

        public MyStudentEditorInput(String id) {
       = id;

        public String getId() {
                return id;

	public Object getAdapter(Class adapter) {
		return null;

	public boolean exists() {
        return true;

	public ImageDescriptor getImageDescriptor() {
		return null;

	public String getName() {
        return String.valueOf(id);

	public IPersistableElement getPersistable() {
		return null;

	public String getToolTipText() {
		return "Displays a student";

3.3 Adding the editor

Now we should add the editor to our extensions.
Go to plugin.xml and select the tab extensions. Add the extension org.eclipse.ui.editors.
Rcp editor2.jpg
In ID, type in cs.ecl.rcp.smiplercp.studentEditor.
In class, enter cs.ecl.rcp.simplercp.MyStudentEditor.
Rcp editor1.jpg
Here is the content of the class. Make sure the ID matches the ID of the editor extension.

public class MyStudentEditor extends EditorPart {
	public static final String ID = "cs.ecl.rcp.simplercp.editor.studenteditor";
	private Student student;
	private MyStudentEditorInput input;

	public MyStudentEditor() {
		// TODO Auto-generated constructor stub

	public void doSave(IProgressMonitor monitor) {

	public void doSaveAs() {

	public void init(IEditorSite site, IEditorInput input)
			throws PartInitException {
		if (!(input instanceof MyStudentEditorInput)) {
			throw new RuntimeException("Wrong input");

		MyStudentEditorInput new_name = (MyStudentEditorInput) input;
		this.input = (MyStudentEditorInput) input;
		student = ModelProvider.INSTANCE.getPersonById(this.input.getId());
		setPartName("Student " + student.getLastName());


	public boolean isDirty() {
		return false;

	public boolean isSaveAsAllowed() {
		return false;

	public void createPartControl(Composite parent) {
		GridLayout layout = new GridLayout();
		layout.numColumns = 2;
		Label label = new Label(parent, SWT.BORDER);
		Text text = new Text(parent, SWT.BORDER);
		text.setLayoutData(new GridData(SWT.FILL, SWT.BEGINNING, true, false));
		Label label1 = new Label(parent, SWT.BORDER);
		label1.setText("First Name");
		Text text1 = new Text(parent, SWT.BORDER);
		text1.setLayoutData(new GridData(SWT.FILL, SWT.BEGINNING, true, false));
		Label label2 = new Label(parent, SWT.BORDER);
		label2.setText("Last Name");
		Text text2 = new Text(parent, SWT.BORDER);
		text2.setLayoutData(new GridData(SWT.FILL, SWT.BEGINNING, true, false));
		Label label3 = new Label(parent, SWT.BORDER);
		Text text3 = new Text(parent, SWT.BORDER);
		text3.setLayoutData(new GridData(SWT.FILL, SWT.BEGINNING, true, false));


	public void setFocus() {



3.4 Open editor

The way we want to interact with the editor is, whenever we double click on a field, the editor opens in its area.
We need to take two steps for this:

3.4.1 Open editor command

We add a command to the commands extension as it is explained in part 2 of this tutorial.
Rcp editor4.png

Here is how the callEditor class looks like:

public class callEditor extends AbstractHandler {

	public Object execute(ExecutionEvent event) throws ExecutionException {
		// Get the view
		IWorkbenchWindow window = HandlerUtil.getActiveWorkbenchWindow(event);
		IWorkbenchPage page = window.getActivePage();
		StudentsView studentsView = (StudentsView) page.findView(StudentsView.ID);
		// Get the selection
		ISelection selection = studentsView.getSite().getSelectionProvider()
		if (selection != null && selection instanceof IStructuredSelection) {
			Object obj = ((IStructuredSelection) selection).getFirstElement();
			// If we had a selection lets open the editor
			if (obj != null) {
				Student student = (Student) obj;
				MyStudentEditorInput input = new MyStudentEditorInput(
				try {
					page.openEditor(input, MyStudentEditor.ID);

				} catch (PartInitException e) {
					throw new RuntimeException(e);
		return null;

3.4.2 Add a "double click" listener to the StudentsView class

For this, we need to add hookDoubleClick() method to the </code> </code>.

	private void hookDoubleClickCommand() {
		viewer.addDoubleClickListener(new IDoubleClickListener() {
			public void doubleClick(DoubleClickEvent event) {
				IHandlerService handlerService = (IHandlerService) getSite()
				try {
							"cs.ecl.rcp.simplercp.openEditor", null);
				} catch (Exception ex) {
					throw new RuntimeException(
							"cs.ecl.rcp.simplercp.openEditor not found");


We will call this method from createPartControl() method. The view makes his viewer available as selection provider via the following line:
This make is possible for the command which opens the editor to get the selection of the view.
All workbench parts have a site, which can be accessed via the method getSite().

	public void createPartControl(Composite parent) {	
			// add double click listener for editing fields in a text editor

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