Working with composite cheat sheets
Composite cheat sheets provide guidance through a complex
problem by breaking that problem into a set of smaller tasks. Each task consists
of a series of steps which must be performed in order. Composite cheat sheets
are launched in the cheat sheet view and show two panels which will be side by
side or one above the other depending on the relative height and width of the
The panel which appears on the left or on top (depending on the
view orientation) is called the task explorer and shows all of the tasks which
need to be completed and their state. The lower or right panel is called the
task detail panel and shows the task which is selected in the explorer.
Launching a composite cheat sheet
Composite cheat sheets are launched in the same way as any other
cheat sheet by selecting
Help > Cheat Sheets
from the menu bar.
If this command is not in the menu, it can be added from Window >
Customize Perspective > Commands, and check Cheat Sheets.
The task explorer
The task explorer is the tree view which shows the tasks and groups of tasks
in a composite cheat sheet. Each task will also have an overlay image at the
lower right corner it it is in progress, has been completed or has been skipped.
Selecting a task in the task explorer will cause that task to be displayed in
the task detail pane. Right clicking on a task in the task explorer brings up a
context menu which depending on the state of the task will allow the task to be
started, skipped or reset.
The task detail pane
The task detail pane will show different contents depending on the kind of
task and whether it has been started. A cheat sheet task which has not been
started will show a description and a button to start the task (or if it cannot
be started the reason why not). When in progress a cheat sheet task will show a
cheatsheet, and when it has been completed it will show a link to the next task.
There are three kinds of task groups, "set", "sequence" and "choice". A
sequence represents a set of subtasks that must be performed in order, a set
represents a set of subtasks that can be performed in any order, a choice
represents a set of tasks only one of which should be performed. A set or
sequence is complete when all of its subtasks have been completed. A choice is
complete when one of its subtasks has been completed.
Cheat sheet tasks
A cheat sheet task represents a single
cheat sheet. When a cheat sheet task is first
visited the task detail pane shows a description of the task and gives the
option to start working on the task and possibly to skip the task. The picture
below also shows the images for task sets, sequences and choices. Note that some
images are shown in gray, that is because these tasks cannot yet be started
because prerequisite tasks have not been completed.
A composite cheat sheet may have dependencies which require one task to be
completed before another can be started. An example of where this might happen
would be if one task created a project and a second task uses that project. In
this case the first task must be completed or skipped before the second task can
The author of a composite cheat sheet can choose to make a task or task group
optional. If a task is optional it can be skipped, either by right clicking on
that task in the task explorer and selecting skip from the context menu, or by
clicking on the "Skip this task" hyperlink in the task detail pane.
Skipping a task will allow tasks which depend on this task to be started.
Order of task completion
The task detail area will provide hyperlinks which will walk through the
tasks in order. It is also possible to perform tasks out of order by selecting
the task in the task explorer and starting work on that task. This is useful if
you want to go directly to a task of interest without working through all
Right clicking on the root node in the task explorer shows a menu item
"Restart all tasks". If selected this will reset the state of every task in the
composite cheat sheet. Use this only if you want to reset all tasks. The context
menu for any other task will have a menu option to reset an individual task. Any
tasks which depend on this task will also be reset, and for task groups all
subtasks will also be reset.
Closing the composite cheat sheet
A composite cheat sheet is closed if the cheat sheet view is closed, if
Eclipse is closed or if another cheat sheet is opened. The state of each task is
saved so that when the composite cheat sheet is reopened its state will be
Working with cheat sheets