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Thomas Watson (IBM )

Making For Eclipse · Lightning (12 mins)
Wednesday, 16:45, 12 minutes | Stevens Creek

Tags: Runtime , UI / RCP
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Eclipse has a very old enhancement request to allow Eclipse based applications to be associated with particular file extensions.  This would allow for such things as opening up a java file in a running Eclipse or new Eclipse instance by double clicking on a .java file.  This enhancement has been requested for over eight years now and we are very happy to report that the Helios release of Equinox and SWT is planning to provide a mechanism to do this for SWT based Eclipse applications.

This talk will give an overview of how this is done and show how to use this new feature in an RCP application.

Thomas co-leads the Equinox Project at Eclipse and is a member of the Eclipse Runtime PMC. Thomas has 10 years of experience as an IBM software architect and developer, and is currently working for IBM Lotus. Thomas's focus is on modularity and the OSGi Framework design and development. He is the lead developer for the Equinox OSGi Framework implementation in Eclipse.

Thomas has been involved in the development of OSGi technologies since 2002 and played a key role in the adoption of OSGi technologies by the Eclipse platform.  He is currently a member of the OSGi Core Platform Expert Group (CPEG) and made significant contributions to the OSGi Release 4 specifications.