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Eclipse Platform
Release 3.5

org.eclipse.core.variables
Interface IValueVariable

All Superinterfaces:
IStringVariable

public interface IValueVariable
extends IStringVariable

A variable with a value that can be set and retrieved. The context in which a value variable is referenced does not effect the value of the variable. A value variable can be contributed by an extension or created programmatically. A contributor may optionally specify an initial value for a variable, or provide a delegate that will initialize the variable with a value.

Since 3.3, a variable can be specified as a "read only" preventing users from changing the value after it has been initialized. Furthermore, a read only variable that is contributed by an extension will always load the value from the extension.

Example of a value variable contribution with an initial value, the specified variable is created with the initial value "/usr/local/foo".

  <extension point="org.eclipse.core.variables.valueVariables">
   <variable
    name="FOO_HOME"
    initialValue="/usr/local/foo">
   </variable>
  </extension>
 

Example of a value variable contribution with an initializer class, the class "com.example.FooLocator" will be used to initialize the value the first time it's requested.

  <extension point="org.eclipse.core.variables.valueVariables">
   <variable
    name="FOO_HOME"
    initializerClass="com.example.FooLocator">
   </variable>
  </extension>
 

Since:
3.0
Restriction:
This interface is not intended to be implemented by clients.

Method Summary
  String getValue ()
          Returns the value of this variable, or null if none.
 boolean isContributed ()
          Returns whether this variable was contributed by an extension.
 boolean isReadOnly ()
          Returns whether this variable is read only.
 void setDescription ( String description)
          Sets the description of this variable to the given value.
 void setValue ( String value)
          Sets the value of this variable to the given value.
 
Methods inherited from interface org.eclipse.core.variables. IStringVariable
getDescription, getName
 

Method Detail

setValue

void setValue(
String value)
Sets the value of this variable to the given value. Since 3.3, this has no effect if this variable is read only.

Parameters:
value - variable value

getValue

String getValue()
Returns the value of this variable, or null if none.

Returns:
the value of this variable, or null if none

isContributed

boolean isContributed()
Returns whether this variable was contributed by an extension.

Returns:
whether this variable was contributed by an extension

isReadOnly

boolean isReadOnly()
Returns whether this variable is read only.

Returns:
whether this variable is read only
Since:
3.3

setDescription

void setDescription(
String description)
Sets the description of this variable to the given value.

Parameters:
description - variable description, possibly null

Eclipse Platform
Release 3.5

Guidelines for using Eclipse APIs.

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