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Help with using ChangePropertyValueRequest [message #550541] Fri, 30 July 2010 18:01
Charles Chiasson is currently offline Charles ChiassonFriend
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Registered: May 2010
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I am currently working on a project that requires that I load a diagram and display this diagram into a read-only View. I've accomplished this with a DiagramGraphicalViewer. This part works fine.

My next objective is to programmatically modify certain properties on nodes of this diagram such as line color, line width, etc... I have accomplished this with the code below (as desbribed e_the_color_of_a_line_using_an_action.3F )

	public void changeEditPartColor(GraphicalEditPart editPart, Color color) {

		ChangePropertyValueRequest req;

		req = new ChangePropertyValueRequest(StringStatics.BLANK,
				Properties.ID_LINECOLOR, FigureUtilities.colorToInteger(color));

		final Command cmd = (Command) editPart.getCommand(req);

		AbstractEMFOperation operation = new AbstractEMFOperation(
				((IGraphicalEditPart) editPart).getEditingDomain(),
				StringStatics.BLANK, null) {
			protected IStatus doExecute(IProgressMonitor monitor,
					IAdaptable info) {
				return Status.OK_STATUS;


		try {
			operation.execute(new NullProgressMonitor(), null);
		} catch (org.eclipse.core.commands.ExecutionException e) {



This also works.

My first question is:
Is this the correct way to do so? I noticed that using rties gives me a "restriction" warning telling me that Properties is not meant to be accessible. Intuitively it seems as thought I should refrain from using this. Can anyone correct me on why I'm wrong with this. If I do use it, what are the long term implications on the stability of my software (will it's implementation change, etc.)?

My second question is:
Where can I find details on how to set the property values? For example, if I want to create a ChangePropertyValueRequest for Properties.ID_LINE_WIDTH, how do I know at what values to set these? I've tried a few random int values and it doesnt seem to be doing anything. Or should I be using a different technique all together to accomplish these property changes?

Any hints are appreciated,
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