16 September 2016

There is a lot of documentation about the Eclipse "Plug-in Spy" feature (Plug-in Spy for UI parts or Eclipse 3.5 - Plug-in Spy and menus). Im my opinion one information is missing: what you need to install to use the Spy feature in your Eclipse Neon IDE. Here is my small how-to.

Select "Install new Software…​" in the "Help" Menu. In the dialog, switch to the "The Eclipse Project Updates" update site (or enter its location http://download.eclipse.org/eclipse/updates/4.6). Filter with "PDE" and select the "Eclipse PDE Plug-in Developer Resources". Validate your choices with "Next" and "Finish", Eclipse will install the feature and ask for a Restart.

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Figure 1. Install new Software in Eclipse

If you prefer the Oomph way, you can paste the snippet contained in Listing 1 in your installation.setup file (Open it with the Menu: Navigate ▸ Open Setup ▸ Installation).

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

Your Oomph Editor should looks like in Figure 2. Save the file and select "Perform Setup Task…​" (in the Help menu). Oomph will update your installation and will ask for a restart.

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Figure 2. Oomph setup Editor: installation.setup File

In both cases, after the restart you can press alt+shift+f1 and use the Plug-in Spy as in Figure 3.

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Figure 3. Plug-in Spy in Eclipse Neon

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