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Masoud Kalali
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Hi ranchers
Is there any plugin for eclipse which could emulate the dynamic help of VS.net 2003 ?

Thank you in advance.


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Steven Bell
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I'm not familiar with VS.net '03.

What 'dynamic help' are you looking for?
Masoud Kalali
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Thank you for response
if you notice in Eclipse you can see javadoc by pointing mouse over a class , method .by pressing f2 it will focus on it (by opening a resizeable textpane)
while in Vs 2003 one can see documentation on a dedicated view in left/right /... side.
The view is An HTML viewr so you can easyly navigate inside it.



I do not know is there something like this for eclipse ?
Tim Holloway
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There are a number of options (Eclipse Views) such as the JavaDoc View and the Declaration view. Or F3 to bounce through to a method's source. Ypu couldn't just generically bounce through to a class's JavaDocs, because unfortunately, not everyone provides JavaDocs (though they SHOULD) and even if they do, you have to have a (list of) place(s) to retrieve the compiled docs from.

Although, as far as I can figure from your description, you're looking for some sort of popup Winhelp app, like maybe what you see when you browse JavaDocs in a framed HTML display.

Actual WinHelp support wouldn't be appropriate, since it's only applicable to Windows, and some of us do most of our Eclipse work on non-Windows machines, so we'd not appreciate a feature we couldn't have in both places. Plus, IIRC, WinHelp's been known to possess a security vulnerability or two.

The Eclipse help facility can be customed, BTW. It's using JavaHelp, I believe.

I've never found the Eclipse help features to be deficient, myself.


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