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Passing a parameter to a class outside your control

 
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Implementors are required to implement an interface, IView.

The container will do a newInstance on contributed implementations; then call createPartControl. In my implementation of IView, I need to use a String value inside createPartControl & this value must be passed in to me via some mechanism. Obviously I'm NOT able to provide another constructor that can accept a parameter.

My initial thought is to use a ThreadLocal. Ideas ?

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It looks like you're writing an Eclipse plugin...

The information to provide is too vague to give you good advice. Where does this string that you need in createPartControl(...) come from? ThreadLocal is for thread-local storage, i.e. if you need one copy of some data for each thread that uses your implementation of IView. Why do you think that that is what you need? You don't specify anything about multi-threading in the rest of your question.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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