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Eclipse Platform
Release 3.5

Interface IStringVariable

All Known Subinterfaces:
IDynamicVariable, IValueVariable

public interface IStringVariable

A variable that can be referenced in an expression, which resolves to a string value. Variables are referenced in expressions via their name, in the following format.

 ${varname} or ${varname:argument}

A variable is identified by its name, and optionally accepts an argument. When an argument is present, a colon separates the variable name from its argument.

Variables can be contributed by extensions or programmatically. There are two kinds of variables.

  • IValueVariable - variables that have a value (with getter and setter), and accept no arguments. The value of this type of variable is resolved at the time its value is set via its setter API.
  • IDynamicVariable - variables whose value is resolved at the time a string substitution is performed by a contributed resolver. Dynamic variables may accept an argument.

This interface is not intended to be implemented by clients.

Method Summary
  String getDescription ()
          Returns a human readable description of this variable, possibly null
  String getName ()
          Returns the name of this variable.

Method Detail


String getName()
Returns the name of this variable. A variable is uniquely identified by its name.

variable name


String getDescription()
Returns a human readable description of this variable, possibly null

a description of this variable, or null if none

Eclipse Platform
Release 3.5

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