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Override the IDEApplication? [message #755954] Thu, 10 November 2011 10:14 Go to next message
js Missing name is currently offline js Missing nameFriend
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I have created a product configuration that use the


application which refers to the


class. Now I would like to override parts of this implementation so I have created:

import org.eclipse.ui.internal.ide.application.IDEApplication;

public class MyApplication extends IDEApplication {
   * (non-Javadoc)
   * @see
   * IApplicationContext)
  public Application() {


But most of the code I want to override is located in the Advisor classes (Window, bar etc) which are "hardwired" inside the start method of the IDEApplication:

    /* (non-Javadoc)
     * @see context)
    public Object start(IApplicationContext appContext) throws Exception {
            int returnCode = PlatformUI.createAndRunWorkbench(display,
            		new IDEWorkbenchAdvisor(processor));

I could copy/paste all the code from the super start method and then replace with my own Advisor classes but it s not nice to maintain and there a also some visibility issues (meaning I need to copy more source files).

Are there any recommended approach to overriding eclipse build in application, eg. using extension points to delegate Advisors used to custom classes?
Re: Override the IDEApplication? [message #756009 is a reply to message #755954] Thu, 10 November 2011 13:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Paul Webster is currently offline Paul WebsterFriend
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The IApplication class sets up the advisors, and the advisors are how you customize/extend an RCP app.

If you want an RCP app that behaves differently you must provide the complete set of WorkbenchAdvisor/WorkbenchWindowAdvisors yourself. You will have to copy out the code if you want an app that works almost the same as the default IDE app.


Re: Override the IDEApplication? [message #1073401 is a reply to message #756009] Wed, 24 July 2013 17:31 Go to previous message
Erick Fonseca is currently offline Erick FonsecaFriend
Messages: 68
Registered: December 2011
This thread is old by I run into exactly the same problem.
I tried to extend the IDEApplication class and copy its start method, but I got a ton of warnings about discouraged access.

Isn't there a better way now to do it if I only need to replace the WorkbenchAdvisor?
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