e(fx)clipse 2.3.0 released

Right for EclipseConNA 2016 next week we released e(fx)clipse 2.3.0. This release mainly provides features in the runtime layer.

Where to get it from

If you are interested in the Tooling you can:

If you want to develop e4 application who use JavaFX instead of SWT you need to point your target-platform and built towards http://download.eclipse.org/efxclipse/runtime-released/2.3.0/site.

Let’s take a look of the most interesting new features and changes.

Source editing

A lot of work has gone into the StyledTextArea where we rewrote the internals and implemented our own virtual-flow element instead of reusing the ListView provided by the JavaFX library.

We also did this to provide many new features:

  • Keyboard navigation like in the Eclipse IDE
  • Support for Error-Markers in the text area (see screenshot below)
  • Support to display white space characters (see video below)
  • Pluggable Rulers for the left Editor side

The following screen shot demonstrates the error markers inside the text:

The following video provides you an overview what features the code editor widget provides with the 2.3.0 release.

Object Serialization / Deserialization

We enhanced the ObjectSerializer-API allowing adding support for collections with none basic types (eg. a Set/List of Enums).

ObjectSerializer serializer;

enum States {

public void serializeData() {
   String data = serializer
     .serializeCollection( Arrays.asList( STATE_1, STATE_2 ), States.class );

and as the @Preference-System of e(fx)clipse is delegating to the obserializer you can use it there too.

Property<List<State>> stateList;

public void rememberState(List<State> state) {
  stateList.set( state );

Accessibility Improvements

We worked a bit on improvements of the accessibility support eg making use of the accessibilityPhrase defined in your E4-Application model, makeing FontIconView mouse transparent, … .

Preparing for JDK9

To implement certain features we need to none public JavaFX APIs, we got rid of most of them but there’s most likely still work do be done.

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3 Responses to e(fx)clipse 2.3.0 released

  1. Pingback: JavaFX links of the week, March 7 // JavaFX News, Demos and Insight // FX Experience

  2. Andy says:

    I have some Questions for you:

    – What is the best way to get the current libraries, sources and the needed dependencies for use in a stand alone code editor application? Unfortunately I am unable to find version 2.3.0 with Maven
    – Do you have plans on updating the examples at https://github.com/BestSolution-at/efxclipse-codeeditor-samples so that they work with the current version?

    I can’t wait to play around with the latest version! šŸ™‚

    Best regards

    • Tom Schindl says:

      Sorry for the delay – we are currently working on version 2.6.0 and publish that one to maven. Once done we’ll also update the samples

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