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Nifty Capabilities in Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8 Early Access, Part 2

Posted by marinasum on August 29, 2005 at 7:57 AM PDT

This is part 2 of a blog series on the superb capabilities new in Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8 EA. As indicated in part 1, I owe Nathan Fiedler of the IDE's development team the input for this series. Take a bow, Nathan.

Navigator Window: Source Hierarchy at a Glance

In Sun Java Studio Enterprise 7, to view the structure of a source file, you choose a menu item--the editor toolbar. A slick redesign in Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8 now displays that structure in the Navigator window in the Project-File Explorer, in which the Members View shows the methods, constructors, fields, and inner classes of the currently selected source file.

Note these two enlightening visual cues:

  • A lock icon to the left of a component name denotes that the component is private. No icon? The component is public.
  • If you cursor over a component, a tool-tip display shows you the related Javadoc comments.

Nathan's Take

In Nathan's words: "Why display the source-file structure in a separate window? First, that window is always visible to you; no closing or opening is required. Second, it shows the components of the file selected in the Project-File Explorer even if that file is not open in the editor. I visit the Navigator every day to glimpse at the contents of a file before opening it. It's amazingly convenient!"

Stay tuned for part 3 please.

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