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Eclipse Platform
Release 3.5

org.eclipse.ui.views.properties
Interface IPropertySource

All Known Subinterfaces:
IPropertySource2
All Known Implementing Classes:
FilePropertySource, ResourcePropertySource

public interface IPropertySource

Interface to an object which is capable of supplying properties for display by the standard property sheet page implementation (PropertySheetPage).

This interface should be implemented by clients. PropertySheetPage discovers the properties to display from currently selected elements. Elements that implement IPropertySource directly are included, as are elements that implement IAdaptable and have an IPropertySource adapter. Clients should implement this interface for any newly-defined elements that are to have properties displayable by PropertySheetPage. Note that in the latter case, the client will also need to register a suitable adapter factory with the platform's adapter manager (Platform.getAdapterManager).

See Also:
IAdaptable, Platform.getAdapterManager(), PropertySheetPage, IPropertySource2

Method Summary
  Object getEditableValue ()
          Returns a value for this property source that can be edited in a property sheet.
  IPropertyDescriptor[] getPropertyDescriptors ()
          Returns the list of property descriptors for this property source.
  Object getPropertyValue ( Object id)
          Returns the value of the property with the given id if it has one.
 boolean isPropertySet ( Object id)
          Returns whether the value of the property with the given id has changed from its default value.
 void resetPropertyValue ( Object id)
          Resets the property with the given id to its default value if possible.
 void setPropertyValue ( Object id, Object value)
          Sets the property with the given id if possible.
 

Method Detail

getEditableValue

Object getEditableValue()
Returns a value for this property source that can be edited in a property sheet.

This value is used when this IPropertySource is appearing in the property sheet as the value of a property of some other IPropertySource

This value is passed as the input to a cell editor opening on an IPropertySource.

This value is also used when an IPropertySource is being used as the value in a setPropertyValue message. The reciever of the message would then typically use the editable value to update the original property source or construct a new instance.

For example an email address which is a property source may have an editable value which is a string so that it can be edited in a text cell editor. The email address would also have a constructor or setter that takes the edited string so that an appropriate instance can be created or the original instance modified when the edited value is set.

This behavior is important for another reason. When the property sheet is showing properties for more than one object (multiple selection), a property sheet entry will display and edit a single value (typically coming from the first selected object). After a property has been edited in a cell editor, the same value is set as the property value for all of the objects. This is fine for primitive types but otherwise all of the objects end up with a reference to the same value. Thus by creating an editable value and using it to update the state of the original property source object, one is able to edit several property source objects at once (multiple selection).

Returns:
a value that can be edited

getPropertyDescriptors

IPropertyDescriptor[] getPropertyDescriptors()
Returns the list of property descriptors for this property source. The getPropertyValue and setPropertyValue methods are used to read and write the actual property values by specifying the property ids from these property descriptors.

Implementors should cache the descriptors as they will be asked for the descriptors with any edit/update. Since descriptors provide cell editors, returning the same descriptors if possible allows for efficient updating.

Returns:
the property descriptors

getPropertyValue

Object getPropertyValue(
Object id)
Returns the value of the property with the given id if it has one. Returns null if the property's value is null value or if this source does not have the specified property.

Parameters:
id - the id of the property being set
Returns:
the value of the property, or null
See Also:
setPropertyValue(java.lang.Object, java.lang.Object)

isPropertySet

boolean isPropertySet(
Object id)
Returns whether the value of the property with the given id has changed from its default value. Returns false if this source does not have the specified property.

If the notion of default value is not meaningful for the specified property then false is returned.

Parameters:
id - the id of the property
Returns:
true if the value of the specified property has changed from its original default value, false if the specified property does not have a meaningful default value, and false if this source does not have the specified property
See Also:
IPropertySource2.isPropertyResettable(Object), resetPropertyValue(Object)

resetPropertyValue

void resetPropertyValue(
Object id)
Resets the property with the given id to its default value if possible.

Does nothing if the notion of a default value is not meaningful for the specified property, or if the property's value cannot be changed, or if this source does not have the specified property.

Callers will check if this IPropertySource implements IPropertySource2 and this method will only be called if IPropertySource2#isPropertyResettable(Object) returns true for the property with the given id.

Parameters:
id - the id of the property being reset
See Also:
isPropertySet(Object), IPropertySource2.isPropertyResettable(Object)

setPropertyValue

void setPropertyValue(
Object id,
                      
Object value)
Sets the property with the given id if possible. Does nothing if the property's value cannot be changed or if this source does not have the specified property.

In general, a property source should not directly reference the value parameter unless it is an atomic object that can be shared, such as a string.

An important reason for this is that several property sources with compatible descriptors could be appearing in the property sheet at the same time. An editor produces a single edited value which is passed as the value parameter of this message to all the property sources. Thus to avoid a situation where all of the property sources reference the same value they should use the value parameter to create a new instance of the real value for the given property.

There is another reason why a level of indirection is useful. The real value of property may be a type that cannot be edited with a standard cell editor. However instead of returning the real value in getPropertyValue, the value could be converted to a String which could be edited with a standard cell editor. The edited value will be passed to this method which can then turn it back into the real property value.

Another variation on returning a value other than the real property value in getPropertyValue is to return a value which is an IPropertySource (or for which the property sheet can obtain an IPropertySource). In this case the value to edit is obtained from the child property source using getEditableValue. It is this editable value that will be passed back via this method when it has been editted

Parameters:
id - the id of the property being set
value - the new value for the property; null is allowed
See Also:
getPropertyValue(java.lang.Object), getEditableValue()

Eclipse Platform
Release 3.5

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