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Eclipse WTP – XML Search [step2]

janvier 17, 2011 1 commentaire

In the WTP – XML Search [step1], I have introduced WTP/XML Search. I would like show you how it’s easy to manage completion, text hover, validation, hyperlink for your own XML files descriptor with WTP/XML Search. I decided to create a little tutorial which will explain you step by step how manage completion, text hover, validation, hyperlink for the JEE web.xml XML file descriptor with WTP/XML Search. web.xml is interesting because it uses 3 types of XML references :

Here a scheme which show you this 3 types of references with servlet, servlet-mapping and welcome-file XML nodes :

This article show you screenshot about completion, text hover, hyperlink and validation for web.xml. In next article [step3], I will explain how manage that with WTP/XML Search.

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Catégories :WTP, WTP - XML Search

Eclipse WTP – XML Search [step1]

décembre 21, 2010 2 commentaires

Many Java frameworks use XML files configuration to describe the framework behaviour. Spring, Jetty, Tomcat, Struts2, Hibernate… are Java frameworks which are configured with XML files. Take a sample XML file with Spring :


  <bean id="accountDaoBeanId"
      class="org.springframework.samples.jpetstore.dao.ibatis.SqlMapAccountDao" />

  <bean id="petStore"
    <property name="accountDao" ref="accountDaoBeanId"/>


In this sample you can notice you have several references :

  • XML Node 2 Java class : bean/@class reference a Java class.
  • XML Node 2 Java method : bean/property/@name reference the setter SqlMapAccountDao#setAccountDao
  • XML Node 2 XML node : bean/property/@ref reference the bean accountDaoBeanId.
  • It exists another references like XML node 2 file for instance.

Having a framework which is configured with XML files is cool, but I think it’s very important to have a good IDE which manage thoses XML files. Spring Tools Suite is a great Spring IDE for Eclipse which manage XML Spring files. You can benefit with completion, hyperlink, validation to manage XML references described below. Here a screenshot with completion for ref bean (XML Node 2 XML node) with Spring Tools Suite :

Develop a Spring Tools Suite-like to manage another XML files (Jetty, Struts2, custom XML descriptor..) for Eclipse is very hard. I have decided to create Eclipse WTP – XML Search that I would like to contribute to official WTP project (see bug 330576) which give you 2 features:

  • Search/XML… which add new Search UI dialog (like Search/File…, Search/Java…) to search from your workspace, XML nodes and files with XPath as pattern search.
  • Use XML search in your plugins which give you the capability to manage completion, hyperlink, validation (and Ctrl+Shift+G) to manage any XML files (Jetty, Struts2…). The basic idea is to declare with the Extenion Point « » the XML references (XML node 2 XML node, XML node to Java…) for your XML files and you benefit for completion, hyperlink, validation (and Ctrl+Shift+G). The goal of this extension point is to hide the completion, hyperlink, validation complexity development. To give you an idea, I have managed XML Jetty files and Struts2 XML files. For each project I have developped that into 4 hours.

I have decided to write several articles called « Eclipse WTP – XML Search [step*] » where I will present you the 2 features of the Eclipse WTP – XML Search. If you wish see screenshot and test XML Jetty and Struts2 plugins based on Eclipse WTP – XML Search, please read ODT files from TK-UI SVN/docs.

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Catégories :WTP - XML Search