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Nifty Capabilities in Sun Java Studio Enterprise 8 Early Access, Part 3

Posted by marinasum on September 5, 2005 at 11:23 AM PDT

This is part 3 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. Thanks a million, Nathan.

Navigator Window: Inheritance Hierarchy at a Glance

The Inheritance View in the Navigator window within the Project-File Explorer shows the "inheritance" of the class in the currently selected source file. All the superclasses and interfaces in the tree are displayed.

What's more, the buttons at the bottom enable you to define filters so that, in case of long lists, you see only what you're interested in seeing. Is that neat or what?

Nathan's Take

In Nathan's words: "The Inheritance View is particularly useful when I'm exploring unfamiliar or complicated code. Here, I can see the superclasses and interfaces under a particular class, all the way up to java.lang.Object, without opening the source files one by one. Simultaneously, I also get a mental picture of the relationships. And, as with the Members View, I need not open the source file, merely select it in the Projects window."

Stay tuned for part 4 please.

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