You need your plug-in to support a view.
Use the PDE template "Plug-in with a view."
This next example will build a plug-in that supports a viewin this case, a clickable tree of items. To follow along, create a new plug-in project named org.cookbook.ch13.ViewPlugIn . In the Plug-in Code Generators dialog, shown in Figure 13-9, select "Plug-in with a view" and click Next.
Figure 13-9. Configuring a plug-in with a view
In the next dialog, set the provider name to Eclipse Cookbook , as shown in Figure 13-10.
Figure 13-10. Setting the provider name
Clicking Next brings up the Main View Settings dialog shown in Figure 13-11. Here's where you customize the view, setting its name, as well as a whether it should be a tree-based view or a table-based view. Name the view Item View , and make it a tree-based view, as shown in the figure. Click Next again to bring up the final dialog of this wizard.
Figure 13-11. Setting view options
In the last dialog, you configure the view's actions. Leave the defaults selected, and click Finish to create the template for this plug-in (see Figure 13-12).
Figure 13-12. Configuring the view's actions
After you click Finish, the template for this plug-in is created, and these files are created and added to the project's src folder:
org.cookbook.ch13.ViewPlugIn _ _ _build.properties Controls the build script _ _ _plugin.xml Plug-in manifest _ _ _src Source folder _ _org.cookbook.ch13.ViewPlugIn _ _ViewPlugInPlugin.java Plug-in's Java file _ _org.cookbook.ch13.ViewPlugIn.views _ _SampleView.java View's code
To customize this new plug-in by adding items to the view and making them do something, see the next two recipes.
13.4.4 See Also
Recipe 13.5 on adding items to a view; Recipe 13.6 on configuring the actions in a view; Chapter 12 of Eclipse ( O'Reilly).