Java Development: Inside a View or an Editor in Eclipse - dummies

Java Development: Inside a View or an Editor in Eclipse

By Barry Burd

When you use the Eclipse IDE for Java development, you’ll need to understand the inside of a view or editor. The terms defined here deal with individual views, individual editors, and individual areas.

  • Toolbar: The bar of buttons (and other little items) at the top of a view, as shown in this figure.


  • Menu button: A downward-pointing arrow on the toolbar. When you click the menu button, a drop-down list of actions appears, as shown in this figure. Which actions you see in the list vary from one view to another.


  • Close button: A button that eliminates a particular view or editor, as shown in this figure.


  • Chevron: A double arrow indicating that other tabs should appear in a particular area (but that the area is too narrow). The chevron shown in this figure has a little number 2 beside it. The 2 tells you that, in addition to the two visible tabs, two tabs are invisible. Clicking the chevron opens a hover tip containing the labels of all the tabs.


  • Marker bar: The vertical ruler on the left edge of the editor area. Eclipse displays tiny alert icons, called markers, inside the marker bar.