Removing pesky system key bindings in eclipse manually

Do you have some custom key bindings in eclipse that override some system keybindings?  Do the system key bindings continue to work even though they are disabled in the eclipse preferences key bindings window?  Well something went sideways so you can just remove them manually.

For me this happened with the Home and End keys on an OSX installation.   I like Home to go to the start of the line, and end to go to the end of the line.   I’ve had these key bindings set for a long time but some how recently the default Mac keybindings came back.  They didn’t exist in the eclipse preference window and yet when I pressed Home it would go to the start of the document and End would go to the end.  After much trial and error nothing worked so I decided to edit the bindings manually.

You are going to want to search for and edit your workbench.xmi  file (note the i at the end)  It’s probably located in the workspace directory:  .metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.e4.workbench

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What does [Bindable] mean in ActionScript?

I’ve been hanging out a bit lately over at Stack Overflow answering questions, earning badges, etc.  I love to find older questions that have incomplete answers or answers that could be expounded upon.   Here is the latest question I wrote an answer for.

What does [Bindable] mean in ActionScript?

You can either read my answer here or over on Stack Overflow.

[Bindable] is a one of several meta tags that you can use in flex ActionScript code. It can be applied to properties, or methods that are marked in any scope. It cannot be used with static class members.

The key to useing the [Bindable] meta tag is understanding what is going on under the hood when you use it. Essentially using data binding is a type of short hand for adding event listeners and dispatching events.

There are two basic forms of the [Bindable] tag. The first is just [Bindable] followed by a var/property declaration. The Second is [Bindable(event=”eventname”)] followed by either a var/property declaration, a function/method declaration or one half of a getter/setter declaration.

I’ll explain the longer notation first since the other builds on the same concept but with even more short hand.

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Am I the only one that find’s it ironic that there are TWO terms for this same concept…’t_repeat_yourself

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laptop “plugged in, not charging”

Oh crap! your laptop says “plugged in not charging” when you hover over the battery icon.  It turns out that you probably do not have anything to worry about. Continue reading


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Migrating from Subversive to Subclipse in eclipse

I recently decided to migrate from Subversive to Subclipse  as my SVN plugin for FlashBuilder (eclipse)  I found it to be a very easy process.   I found the video Migrating from Subversive to Subclipse in Servoy 5 to be especially useful.

For those people like myself that didn’t know…. Servoy Developer is apparently an eclipse based  IDE  / plug-in, that is not unlike FlashBuilder.   (

Since Servoy is eclipse and FlashBuilder is eclipse the process is almost exactly the same.  The only difference being that instead of the Servoy Solution explorer you use the Project Explorer.

If you are curious as to why I decided to migrate to Subclipse; it mostly has to do with the failing of Subversive to properly integrate refactoring changes (moves) into the SVN repository.   I use the eclipse automated refactoring frequently in the initial stages of a projects as I play with different package structures.  The Subversive method of handling a move is to post two  distinct SVN actions a delete and an add.  This looses any history attachment and is not ‘proper’ in my opinion.  (You can get around this by doing the SVN move outside of eclipse and then doing the refactor, but IMO this is just lame. )   I haven’t tried it yet but apparently Subclipse integrates closer to eclipse so that it will properly handle refactoring.  (Most people suggest that you do an update before and commit after the re-factor. )

When you look at the way each of these came about it makes sense.  Subversive was written by eclipse people to connect to SVN while Subclipse was written from the SVN perspective.  If you are primarily concerned with SVN then move is a really important function (to maintain history)  where as if you are coming at it from the IDE side of things it might not be as important and the easier delete/add would be sufficient.

I am in no way putting down Subversive, it is a great tool, and works well particularly if you don’t plan on doing any refactoring, then again who “plans” on refactoring

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Chaining bindable properties in ActionScript using anonymous functions.

Imagine that you have an object that exposes a public property that is bindable.   Now imagine you have a second object that uses this bindable property to provide it’s own bindable property.  How do you simply and easily bind a UI element to this property on the second object, so that when the first object’s property updates, the UI updates.

A couple of months ago I was working on a project using the ExtJS framework in JavaScript. I came to appreciate one particular feature in JavaScript that is commonly used there and while somewhat available in ActionScript is not as commonly used here in the AS world.  This is the use of anonymous functions and method injection.  Now back in the days of pre OO, AS2  Anonymous functions actually were rather common. However with the advent of AS3 and classes no longer being dynamic by default the use of things like anonymous functions and method injection has really gone away.  With the move toward a real OO language it can be argued that this is a good thing.  I’m never one to strictly stick with a prescribed architecture or pattern, and this include things like these that might make some OO purists wince.  However living in the real world I have to go with what works and makes my life easier. Sometimes that means crossing the street where there is not a crosswalk. Continue reading

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Flex Events and FlashBuilder Event Meta Tags

As so many of these things go I’m sure this information is out there somewhere… I’ve even probably read it.   For whatever reason it didn’t “click” for me.   I figured out how to effectively leverage the Flex Event meta tags in FlexBuilder.

Now I’m not going to get into why you should use an event architecture… there are lots of articles on that and I’m sure by this time most developers are using events.  I will lay out my preference on how to set up events.

So if you are not familiar with it there is this neat little meta tag for attaching events to the a dispatcher.  The tag looks something like this:


Now as meta tags go this one is NOT required by the compiler (as opposed to say [Bindable] ) so it is completely optional. However if you are using FlashBuilder let me tell you what magic happens when you do use it correctly.

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