Monday, April 19, 2010

IFile, IFileStore and opening an EditorPart

Eclipse's engines turn around the idea of a project.

If I want to open an Editor on a file, I would have to do:


IFile iFile = myIFile;
PlatformUI.getWorkbench().getActiveWorkbenchWindow().getActivePage()
.openEditor(iFile, FormEditor.ID);


apart for the fact that IFile refers on a file inside the project, which makes sense inside eclipse, but perhaps not always in an RCP product basing on eclipse.

So to open an editor on an external (external == wherever in the filesystem != in the eclipse project) file, here is what is possible since 3.3:


File f = new File(path);

IPath ipath = new Path(f.getAbsolutePath());
IFileStore fileLocation = EFS.getLocalFileSystem().getStore(ipath);
FileStoreEditorInput fileStoreEditorInput = new FileStoreEditorInput(
fileLocation);
IWorkbenchPage page = PlatformUI.getWorkbench().getActiveWorkbenchWindow()
.getActivePage();
page.openEditor(fileStoreEditorInput, FormEditor.ID);

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Grass raster datastore finally in geotools

I finally took the time to get the GRASS raster reader into geotools...

It is started now and available in the unsupported land of the geotools svn:

http://svn.osgeo.org/geotools/trunk/modules/unsupported/grassraster

Gonna be funny see geoserver finally serve grass rasters as udig :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

EPL-GPL: the verdict

Some time ago I wrote a post referring to the GPL / EPL licenses incompatibility. To the letter I wrote at that time and sent to both the Eclipse Foundation adn the FSFEurope, I never got and answer from FSFEurope, but I got several directly form the Executive Director of the Eclipse Foundation, Mike Milinkovich, who was very helpful in getting a good picture of what the problems are.

At the time of sending my email, Eclipse Foundation and FSF were discussing the GPL/EPL issue, so I didn't get a direct answer to the questions in the open letter, but now there is a public answer about the issues available:

Here the point of view of the Eclipse Foundation can be found.

And here the public statement of the FSF.

I will definitely not comment here. Wait for you guys in the mailinglists for a nice chat about that.