Feb 2012 Challenge of the Month – Eclipse 4 Book

Challenge: Eclipse 4

This month challenge will be to get the first version of my Eclipse 4 book out. I’m working on this now for a while and I think I should put a first version out so that people can learn better about the amazing Eclipse 4 platform capabilities.

I’m very busy this month so I hope this works out.

Retroperspective for last month challenge:

Last month I switch completely to Linux / Ubuntu. First of all: Thanks to all for their support to my questions in Twitter and Google.

Ubuntu 11.10 is amazing. Using Linux feels like coming home to me. As a student I used Unix (Solaris) and SUSE Linux a lot. Later at my first job I worked with HP-UX.

Ubuntu gets everything right (for me). The shortcuts are at the right position. It detects my devices without problems and I truely enjoy Unity (after I tweaked it a bit).

It is so nice to be able to run find . -name “*.xml” -print0 | xargs -0 grep -i “stuff I search” and get immediate results. Also using the Git command line feels so better, compared to using it under Windows.

I also also extremely surpised that Ubuntu supported my iPod directly. I just connected it, started Banshee and could maintain my playlists and put music on the iPod. Also the Amazon MP3 store integration is amazing. Much better for me then iTunes on Windows as I buy my stuff at Amazon.

I would like to thank Marcelo Módolo for his tips on Ubuntu. He told me that I can mount FTP accounts in the file explorer. That is a huge time saver for me.

He also gave me a hint to Shutter an awesome screenshot tool. I was kind of afraid that I would miss SnagIt but shutter is even betten IMHO. I was afraid that I would miss SnagIt, but Shutter works even better for me.

Marcelo also gave me a pointer to How to change tooltip background color in Unity to make the Javadoc view in Eclipse readable.

I also had some issues with Ubuntu

I got really frustrated with the Alt+tab key. But after some initial fighting with Alt+tab I learned that if I hold it over an entry with multiple windows (or press the Arrow-Down key) that I can select between multiple windows of the same application.

I also had a problem with the Touchpad. It seems to get activate quite easily. So I wanted to deactivated it but I still wanted to have the Touchpoint avaiable.
Dariusz Luksza
gave me the following working tip via Twitter:

synclient TouchpadOff=1

I later got the tip from Thilo Wetzel and Martin Riedelon G+ that the shortcut Fn + F8 also works.

The other annoying things was that the Shift+CTRL+Up shortcut of Eclipse was caught by the Ubuntu system. This shortcut was not listed in the standard shortcut (how can you make fixed shortcuts?). I found an answer to that on the Ask Ubuntu Website – How to turn off the alt-shift-uparraw key.

Also the fading launcher was annoying at first, but I used ccsm to fix its position. It also took me a while to get used to the menu on the top (like the Mac has it). I’m looking forward to HUD in Ubuntu 12.04.


I will not switch back. Ubuntu rocks. And just out of completely in the hope to avoid any: “Try a Mac” comments: I once tried using a Mac for a month and I didn’t like it.

Thanks everyone for there help with using Ubuntu. I can really recommend Ubuntu, it is Linux done right in my opinion.

About Lars Vogel

Lars Vogel is the founder and CEO of the vogella GmbH and works as Eclipse and Android consultant, trainer and book author. He is a regular speaker at international conferences, He is the primary author of vogella.com. With more than one million visitors per month this website is one of the central sources for Java, Eclipse and Android programming information.
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9 Responses to Feb 2012 Challenge of the Month – Eclipse 4 Book

  1. Aviral says:


    Is there a preview for the book on e4?

  2. Sukhmeet says:

    “I got really frustrated with the Alt+tab key”
    Well if u don’t want various windows of same application running in different workspace , then you can shift to the classic theme of ubuntu from the login .Then if you press Alt+tab then only items in the current workspace will be shown .
    To use this in the login page where you enter the a/c (like administrator or some name ) select it.. and before entering the password. Check the bottompost row of the page , there you will easily find to change to ubuntu classic. This is pretty handy and convinient to use.
    Just in case you want to switch like this

  3. Lars Vogel says:

    @Aviral: Give me a month 😉

  4. Lars Vogel says:

    @Sukhmeet: Thanks for the tip. Nice feature.

  5. I’ll buy it! (I “parasitized” your tutorials too much 🙂 )

  6. Lars Vogel says:

    @Marco: Thanks. Just for clarification: There is parasitizing of my tutorials, they are available for free to help others.

    Remark: I know that you are just joking… 🙂

  7. Lars Zobbe says:

    As for the ALT+TAB function. I think you missed out a feature. ALT+TAB shifts between different apps, but ALT+½ (on my danish keyboard, the key just on top of TAB) shifts between apps of the same type as the app in focus.

    Thanks for this great site. It’s been (and will continue to be) a great help for me.

    PS: For a german keyboard it would be ALT+^. And for US keyboard ALT+`. I think…
    Also note that middle-click on a launcher item open a new instance instead of shifting focus to an instance already open.

  8. Laura V. says:

    Is your book now available? We are four E4 developers here and we need it!! 😀
    Thanks for letting us know. Laura

  9. Lars Vogel says:

    @Laura: a few more weeks then the first version should be ready.

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