Managing menu items visibility

Managing menu items visibility

In order to manage the visibility of a menu item we can extend AbstractSourceProvider. Let’s see how to do that jqgrid excel 다운로드.

First of all we have to create a class that extends AbstractSourceProvider.
This class is intended to hold the state variable and provide it to the platform when needed 쏘우 2 다운로드.

In this example we intend to manage the visibility of a menu item depending on the user profile.

package com.rcpvision;
import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Map;
import org.eclipse.ui.AbstractSourceProvider;
import org.eclipse.ui.ISources;
public class SessionSourceProvider extends AbstractSourceProvider {
public final static String SESSION_USER_CAN_SEE_PREFS = "com.rcpvision.session.user-can-see-preferences";
private final static String CAN_SEE = "canSee";
private final static String CANNOT_SEE = "cannotSee";
boolean canSee = true;

public String[] getProvidedSourceNames() {
return new String[] { SESSION_USER_CAN_SEE_PREFS };

public Map<String, String> getCurrentState() {
Map<String, String> currentState = new HashMap<String, String>(1);
String currentState1 = canSee Automatic iPhone software updates? CAN_SEE : CANNOT_SEE;
currentState.put(SESSION_USER_CAN_SEE_PREFS, currentState1);
return currentState;

public void dispose() {

public void setUserCanSeePreferences(boolean canSee) {
if (this.canSee == canSee)
return; // no change
this.canSee = canSee;
String currentState = canSee ? CAN_SEE : CANNOT_SEE;
fireSourceChanged(ISources.WORKBENCH,SESSION_USER_CAN_SEE_PREFS, currentState);

Then we have to define the correspondent Extension in plugin.xml

<extension point="">
<sourceProvider provider="com.rcpvision.SessionSourceProvider">
<variable name="com.rcpvision.session.user-can-see-preferences" priorityLevel="workbench">

let’s say we now want to handle the menu item visibility upon the state represented by the variable com.rcpvision.session.user-can-see-preferences, here is how to modify plugin.xml

<pre><menu label="Show my view">
<command commandId="org.eclipse.ui.views.showView" label="My View" style="push">
<parameter name="org.eclipse.ui.views.showView.viewId" value="">
<visibleWhen checkEnabled="false">
<with variable="com.rcpvision.session.user-can-see-preferences">
<equals value="canSee">

now we just need to invoke the setter method in order to modify the state and hence the menu item visibility.


IWorkbenchWindow window = PlatformUI.getWorkbench().getActiveWorkbenchWindow();
ISourceProviderService service = (ISourceProviderService) window.getService(ISourceProviderService.class);
SessionSourceProvider sessionSourceProvider = (SessionSourceProvider)service.getSourceProvider(SessionSourceProvider.SESSION_USER_CAN_SEE_PREFS);
sessionSourceProvider.setUserCanSeePreferences( true/false );

Just one note: be careful to avoid using “true” and “false” as String constants as they would be converted automatically into Booleans thus leading to wrong “equals” test results.


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One Comment

  1. atsmin Wednesday August 14th, 2019 at 07:10 AM - Reply

    > Just one note: be careful to avoid using “true” and “false” as String constants as they would be converted automatically into Booleans thus leading to wrong “equals” test results

    This is really helpful. Thanks a lot! I lost a lot of time to investigate that problem.

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