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Mastering Eclipse Plug-in Development by Dr. Alex Blewitt

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Chapter 1. Plugging in to JFace and the Common Navigator Framework

JFace is the set of widgets that comprise the Eclipse user interface, and it builds on top of the Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT). JFace also provides a number of standard higher-level tools that can provide interaction with users, such as wizards and standard navigator plug-ins.

In this chapter, we will create a news feed reader using a JFace wizard, and then we will contribute it to the common navigator so that it shows up in views such as the Package Explorer view.

JFace wizards

Whenever a new project or file is created in Eclipse, the standard JFace wizard is used. For example, the following screenshots show the wizards to create a new Plug-in Project or Java Class:

A JFace wizard ...

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