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ID: 22795, MacBsh: Bsh Macros for Use in Code Templates

by Ken Sipe Email: Anonymous

MacBsh provides the ability to configure code template macros through xml. When the macro is invoked the code provided in xml is executed via beanshell.
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MacBsh provides the ability to configure code template macros through xml. It configures new macros for the template framework. When the macro is invoked the code provided in xml is executed through the beanshell.

To install:
MacBsh is dependent on Beanshell (Bsh) . The beanshell jar, the MacBsh.jar and the MacBsh.xml must be placed the into your \jbuilder\lib\ext directory and restart JBuilder.

To remove, just delete the jars.

To edit/create a Code Template, go to Tools | Preferences | Editor | Templates and choose the file type (or "Common" if want the template to appear in all file types). The new macros will be among the pre-defined ones when using the "Macro..." button. To insert a Code Template, click in the Editor, do Ctrl+J, and select the template by clicking on it or by typing its name.

In order to configure your own macros there are a number of configuration options. The simplest of which is listed below:

Direct Replacement example

value = "\"JB Rocks\"";

This registers a macro named “$AnotherExample” with the description of “Direct Replacement example”. When configured in a template and the template is executed the value of “JB Rocks” will replace the macro. A more complicated example might look like this:

Current date MM/DD/YYYY

import java.text.*;
import java.util.*;

NumberFormat NF = NumberFormat.getInstance();
Calendar calendar = Calendar.getInstance();

StringBuffer sb = new StringBuffer();
sb.append(NF.format(1 + calendar.get(Calendar.MONTH)));
value = sb.toString();

Read the xml file more details.

This OT was inspired by a question on the newsgroup by Gil, which was answered by Gillmer. The examples given are taken from Bill Joy’s example. The source is provided.

I would like the following future enhancements if someone else is up for it.
1) An editor to configure the xml.
2) The ability to configure the node type for the macro
3) The ability to pass in the method arguments to the Bsh engine.

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