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RAP wish list [message #116786] Sat, 20 December 2008 15:24 Go to next message
David Donohue is currently offline David DonohueFriend
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Registered: July 2009
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RAP is like a wonderful Christmas present. What a technology! Here is my
wish list for improvements. I am curious whether I have missed simple
solutions to these problems, and/or how I could contribute a fix.

* Text areas (using SWT.MULTI) in wizards: hitting the return key moves to
the next page, rather than scrolling to the next line in the text area

* I would love to have a dropdown selector that works just like the HTML
<select> element. The existing List widget is a scrolling window, and
does not drop down.

* I have never figured out how to have a dialog that I can open and close
programmatically. I want to show a message like "Loading...", with or
without a cancel button. I tried PopupDialog, but cannot get it to work.
Unless I am missing something, this could be more user friendly.

* I need a table, in which the cells of a given row can span multiple
lines of text. Could I contribute such an enhancement? Any suggested
starting point?

* I would love it if the RAP javadoc were published somewhere. I could
publish it somewhat regularly if someone would be so kind as to explain
how. More documentation would be helpful too, like the tutorials at RAP
Insights
http://rapblog.innoopract.com/
would be great!

Thanks!
David Donohue
Re: RAP wish list [message #116824 is a reply to message #116786] Sat, 20 December 2008 19:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ralf Sternberg is currently offline Ralf SternbergFriend
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Registered: July 2009
Senior Member

Hi David,

David Donohue wrote:
> RAP is like a wonderful Christmas present. What a technology! Here is
> my wish list for improvements. I am curious whether I have missed
> simple solutions to these problems, and/or how I could contribute a fix.

Thanks! Did you know that we have a wishlist management system? Get the
details here: http://www.eclipse.org/rap/bugs.php

> * Text areas (using SWT.MULTI) in wizards: hitting the return key moves
> to the next page, rather than scrolling to the next line in the text area

This is a known bug:
238986: Default Button and Text with SWT.MULTI
https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=238986
Chances are that this will be fixed soon.

> * I would love to have a dropdown selector that works just like the HTML
> <select> element. The existing List widget is a scrolling window, and
> does not drop down.

The Combo box with style SWT.READ_ONLY does what you want.

> * I have never figured out how to have a dialog that I can open and
> close programmatically. I want to show a message like "Loading...",
> with or without a cancel button. I tried PopupDialog, but cannot get it
> to work. Unless I am missing something, this could be more user friendly.

You can extend the JFace Dialog class. See the LoginDialog in our demo
project for a simple example. To be able to close a dialog
programmatically, you have to make it non-blocking.

> * I need a table, in which the cells of a given row can span multiple
> lines of text. Could I contribute such an enhancement? Any suggested
> starting point?

Not sure about this one. I think there was a similar request already. If
this is possible with SWT, feel free to file a bug.

> * I would love it if the RAP javadoc were published somewhere. I could
> publish it somewhat regularly if someone would be so kind as to explain
> how.

http://help.eclipse.org/ganymede/index.jsp?topic=/org.eclips e.rap.help/help/html/reference/api/overview-summary.html

> More documentation would be helpful too, like the tutorials at RAP
> Insights
> http://rapblog.innoopract.com/
> would be great!

The RAP Developer Guide in the Eclipse help is the place to look for
documentation. It's not very comprehensive yet, but we do our best to
extend it and keep it up-to-date within our means. It's also available
online:
http://help.eclipse.org/ganymede/index.jsp?topic=/org.eclips e.rap.help/help/html/intro.html

We also have an FAQ and encourage the community to share solutions there:
http://wiki.eclipse.org/RAP/FAQ

Merry Christmas,
Ralf
Re: RAP wish list [message #116878 is a reply to message #116824] Mon, 22 December 2008 10:57 Go to previous message
David Donohue is currently offline David DonohueFriend
Messages: 104
Registered: July 2009
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Many thanks Ralf! Merry Christmas to you too
David
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