Eclipse Plug-in Development Training

The vogella GmbH company actively supports the Eclipse framework. Our employees are leaders of the Eclipse project, and are actively involved in the latest developments.
Take advantage of this expertise and get this online training.

Why this training?


  • done_allGet access to intensive exercises that are coordinated and not isolated, as you know from the web tutorials.
  • done_allLearn to develop Eclipse Plug-ins professionally while using the latest API's.
  • done_allGet access to an extensive script with more than 700 pages, which covers every aspect of Eclipse Plug-in programming.
  • done_allReport problems with the exercises via the integrated issue tracker and our experts will solve them within a short time.
  • done_allGet access to the latest and best updates, due to continuous rework of the training.
  • done_allStrength and deep the learned knowledge through the development of a comprehensive training example.
  • done_allBook the vogella experts to answer your questions about the training.


Topic Content Language Fee
Eclipse Plug-in Development file_download English 250 EUR*
* Annual fee for the first year. For each additional year, the annual fee is 50 EUR. All prices are listed w/o VAT.

Which topics are covered?


Introduction to Plug-in development

  • Components of the Eclipse platform
  • Important configuration files

Plug-in development and deployment

  • Creating plug-ins
  • Exporting plug-ins
  • Using features
  • Creating update sites

Using the application model

  • The concept of the dynamic application model
  • Accessing, updating and creating model elements
  • Using model fragments and processors

Using the Eclipse dependency injection framework

  • Introduction into dependency injection
  • Using DI in Eclipse e4 components
  • Using DI in Eclipse 3.x components
  • Accessing the Eclipse context via singletons

Extending the IDE with views

  • Contributing 3.x views
  • Contributing e4 view

User interface programming with SWT and JFace

  • Using SWT
  • Using JFace
  • Using Databinding
  • Implementing wizards and dialogs

Declarative styling with CSS

  • Introduction into CSS
  • Definition of styles and themes, colors and gradients
  • Styling specific widgets
  • Dynamic style switching at runtime
  • Using the CSS Spy tooling

Using commands

  • Contributing commands and menus
  • Using toolbars, view menus and popup menus

Platform services and interaction of components

  • Service overview
  • Part service
  • Model service
  • Selection service
  • Command and Handler service

Modularity for Eclipse 4 applications

  • Contributing to the application model
  • Static model contributions with fragments
  • Dynamic model contributions with processors

Internationalization (i18n)

  • Adding support for multiple languages
  • Usage of fragment projects
  • Outlook: translation services in Eclipse 4

Concurrent UIs

  • SWT threading
  • Avoiding invalid thread access
  • Asynchronous processing with the Eclipse API

Resources and markers

  • Integration with the problems view
  • Custom markers

Adapter pattern

  • Implementing the adapter pattern
  • Adaptable objects
  • Using the Properties and Outline view

Implementing custom text editors

  • Implementing a text editor
  • Reusing the generic editor framework
  • Providing syntax highlighting, hover, code complemetion and validation

Extending the Java development tools

  • Abstract Syntax Tree vs Java Model
  • Custom generators
  • Custom quick fixes
  • Custom templates
  • Using the refactoring API