More code templates in Eclipse

How about this…

Start typing the name of a method (where a method should go). Don’t worry about the return type or anything else, just the name. Hit ctrl-space. Eclipse will offer to build a new private method with that name. Type “main” and hit ctrl-space and it will build you a new main method stub (complete with all the necessary parameters and return types).

Or… highlight a few lines of code in an existing method and hit ctrl-space. Down near the bottom of suggestions are a few interesting ones, including “do”, “for”, “if”, “runnable”, and others. Select one of these and it will wrap the selected code with a “do” loop, “for” loop, and so on. “Runnable is my favourite; it wraps the code in a new instance of java.lang.Runnable instance.


private void whatDoYouGetWhenYouMultiplySixByNine() {


private void whatDoYouGetWhenYouMultiplySixByNine() {
new Runnable() {
public void run() {

The best part is that if you look at how these templates are defined, it’s pretty easy to sort out how to define your own. More on that later…

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One Response to More code templates in Eclipse

  1. Philipp says:

    Hi Wayne,great Tip with the “runnable”. I didnt know that. Philipp

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