2008-06-03

View versus Editor in RCP - a different opinion

In a current blog thread David Orme writes, you should use editors in RCP applications when you need life-cycle management...

I very strongly disagree with this. For me the important statement by David is
The only real difference between a view and an editor is that there is exactly 1 editor area and once visible, it is always visible even if no editors are open.
The current implementation for editors does not allow you to mix editors and views in one stack (or folder), which can be a serious problem in many applications. E.g. consider the banking application where you use a perspective to show a lot of information about a specific customer. In a few cases you want to edit parts of this information...

Would you then use an editor for this? What would you put in the editor area when you don't need to edit any customer data?

The basic problem here is - in my opinion - that the editor area is a serous waste of screen estate when editors are not needed.

You can find a presentation on this from EclipseCon '08.
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