Two new must have JDeveloper extensions for coders

There are two new extensions to JDeveloper that will probably make your life much easier if you are spending a lot of time coding Java.
They are:

Quick Structure Outline

and

Enhanced Colorizer

The first one pops-up a little window that let you easily navigate your code structure components. In a way it is similar to the structure pane in JDeveloper - but you don't need to move your mouse out of the coding editor to get to it. Just Ctrl+Shift+T and you'll get it. Then use your keyboard to quickly type the letters of the object you are looking for - press enter and you are there.

The second extension brings you finer highlighting control to methods and member variables.

John Richardson - the guy who wrote both works in the EM group at Oracle. And is using JDeveloper to code - he was missing these two features - so he just wrote them.
And to go even further - you can get the code to both extensions and learn from it how to build your own little gadgets.
Just make sure to share it back with the JDeveloper community.

Enjoy.

Comments:

I downloaded the "Enhanced Colorizer" using "Help/Check for updates" and did not see the color settings for: Class Member, Method Definition, etc.. What am I missing? Thanks, Madhav

Posted by Madhav Iyer on April 19, 2006 at 11:36 PM PDT #

If you don't see the new colors in the java editor: 1) check Help:About extensions to see if the colorizer and navigation extensions are installed 2) if they are, check if you are using JDK 1.4 with jdev - the extensions are built against JDK 1.5 classes but can be rebuilt against JDK 1.4 with minimal effort

Posted by John on April 20, 2006 at 02:48 AM PDT #

Hi, I see the extension Extended Colorizer for Java already installed in the Help window under the Extensions tab. But I still see the old colors and not the prettier new ones. I have SU1 and Su2 installed. I am running JDK 5 Update 6. Surya

Posted by Surya on May 03, 2006 at 02:53 AM PDT #

Surya, Did you set the colors in the tools preferences? Shay

Posted by Shay Shmeltzer on May 03, 2006 at 04:51 AM PDT #

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