Recipe 3.17 Creating Working Sets


3.17.1 Problem

The Package Explorer is getting crowded with projects.

3.17.2 Solution

Create a working set, and in the Package Explorer, select only the projects in that working set.

3.17.3 Discussion

In Chapter 1, you learned how to delete projects without deleting their contents, enabling you to import them back into the Package Explorer at a later time. Well, you also can customize the Package Explorer by creating working sets , which are sets of projects you can handle as a group in the Package Explorer.

For example, say you have four projects, DisplayApp , DisplayApp2 , DisplayApp3 , and DisplayApp4 , as shown in Figure 3-16. However, you want to work with only two projects, DisplayApp and DisplayApp2 .

Figure 3-16. Four projects in the Package Explorer

To create a working set consisting of only those two projects, click the Package Explorer's pull-down menu (the inverted black triangle at the top of the view) and choose Select Working Set, opening the Select Working Set dialog. To create a new working set, click the New button. This opens the New Working Set dialog. In the "Working set type" box, choose Java, and then click the Next button. Now select the projects for this working set, as shown in Figure 3-17, name the working set (here, it's called Two Projects), and click Finish.

Figure 3-17. Creating a working set

When you click the Finish button, the Select Working Set dialog reappears, showing the Two Projects working set, as shown in Figure 3-18.

Figure 3-18. Selecting a working set

Select this new working set, and click OK. Only the two projects in the selected working set appear in the Package Explorer, as shown in Figure 3-19. In this way, you can clear out what's going on in the Package Explorer.

Figure 3-19. Using a working set

Notice that although the working set determines what projects appear in the Package Explorer, you still can see all four projects in the Navigator view.

To deselect a working set, choose Deselect Working Set from the view's pull-down menu. To edit the members of a working set, choose Edit Active Working Set.

Eclipse Cookbook
Inside XML (Inside (New Riders))
ISBN: 596007108
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 232
Authors: Steve Holzner

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