Shay Shmeltzer's Oracle Development Tools Tips

  • April 13, 2006

Two new must have JDeveloper extensions for coders

Shay Shmeltzer
Director of Product Management - Oracle

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


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.


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Comments ( 4 )
  • Madhav Iyer Thursday, April 20, 2006
    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?
  • John Thursday, April 20, 2006
    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
  • Surya Wednesday, May 3, 2006
    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.
  • Shay Shmeltzer Wednesday, May 3, 2006
    Did you set the colors in the tools preferences?
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