July 14, 2004
Eclipse: Mark Occurrences

My favorite feature of the new Eclipse release, by far, is something that isn't turned on by default, and took me a long time to discover: Mark Occurrences. This is just so useful...

Give it a bash, if you haven't already; it's great! Basically, it highlights whichever element your cursor is on. This element is highlighted throughout the Java editor, both in the edit area and in the right-hand margin where errors and warnings are shown. (What is that called, by the way?)

And there's more. Put your cursor over a method's return type, and it'll highlight all the method's exit points. Put it over an exception in a method's throws clause, and it'll show you all the places in your method where that exception can be thrown.

Posted to Java by Simon Brunning at July 14, 2004 02:17 PM
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