Eclipse4 and @PostConstruct and @PreDestroy not called (javax.annotation)

We are getting some error reports that @PostConstruct and @PreDestroy methods in Eclipse 4 RCP applications are not called by the framework.

If you are building Eclipse 4 RCP applications you shoudl enter the javax.annotation package as package dependency instead of plug-in dependency, otherwise you plug-in will be using a different @PostConstruct than the framework and your methods may not be called.

Wim Jongman fixed already the e4 tools in Bug 394327 , so a new version of the tools will also generate a package dependency.

If you are wondering where you can find the latest version of the tools, just build the e4 tools locally. 🙂

[EDIT – UPDATED entry to describe that import package is always required]

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