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0.9.6 Stable Release

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ECF UI Additions

Able to open links in internal browser

For the IRC chat window, URLs now appear as underlined, and when clicked on will open the internal browser window for the given page. Here's a screenshot:

New Connect Wizards for IRC, XMPP providers

Using the org.eclipse.ecf.ui.connectWizard extension point, there are new connectWizards for IRC and XMPP providers. The wizard classes may be found in the two (new) plugins: org.eclipse.ecf.provider.xmpp.ui and org.eclipse.ecf.provider.irc.ui.

Simplified RosterView class

Using the Presence API Refactoring described below, a simplified and extensible roster view class was created in the org.eclipse.ecf.presence.ui plugin: MultiRosterView. This view presents multiple rosters, using the MultiRosterContentProvider class present in the same package. This replacement roster view will be used to introduce other features into the roster user interface, and is also suitable for extension by subclasses or replacement.

API Enhancements

Presence API Refactoring to Support JFace Content Providers

The presence API (plugin: org.eclipse.ecf.presence) has been enhanced to support JFace viewers. Specifically, the roster interface classes (IRosterManager, IRoster, IRosterEntry, IRosterGroup, IRosterItem) have been enhanced so that they can easily be used as the basis of an JFace ITreeContentProvider. This allows the use and automatic update of a roster (buddy) list by an ECF provider that implements the presence API (e.g. the XMPP provider). For example, here is code in the new plugin org.eclipse.ecf.presence.ui that creates a tree viewer to display multiple rosters:
      	protected void setupTreeViewer(Composite parent) {
		    treeViewer = new TreeViewer(parent, SWT.BORDER | SWT.MULTI
				| SWT.V_SCROLL);
		    multiRosterContentProvider = new MultiRosterContentProvider();
		    multiRosterLabelProvider = new MultiRosterLabelProvider();
		    treeViewer.setInput(new Object());
With this approach, the UI/viewer code does not need to know anything about the messaging to change/update the roster model. This model is managed by the ECF provider (XMPP) and when The MultiRosterContentProvider class (and others to support this new approach) are available in the (new) plugin: org.eclipse.ecf.presence.ui. See the classes in the org.eclipse.ecf.presence.ui package for example usage and reusable base classes.