Eclipse Platform
Release 3.7

org.eclipse.core.runtime.preferences
Class InstanceScope

java.lang.Object
  extended by org.eclipse.core.internal.preferences.AbstractScope
      extended by org.eclipse.core.runtime.preferences.InstanceScope
All Implemented Interfaces:
IScopeContext

public final class InstanceScope
extends org.eclipse.core.internal.preferences.AbstractScope

Object representing the instance scope in the Eclipse preferences hierarchy. Can be used as a context for searching for preference values (in the IPreferencesService APIs) or for determining the correct preference node to set values in the store.

Instance preferences are stored on a per instance basis in the platform's instance area as specified by the Location class and the Location.INSTANCE_FILTER filter.

The path for preferences defined in the instance scope hierarchy is as follows: /instance/<qualifier>

This class is not intended to be subclassed. This class may be instantiated.

Since:
3.0
See Also:
Location.INSTANCE_FILTER

Field Summary
static IScopeContext INSTANCE
          Singleton instance of an Instance Scope object.
static String SCOPE
          String constant (value of "instance") used for the scope name for the instance preference scope.
 
Constructor Summary
InstanceScope()
          Deprecated. call InstanceScope.INSTANCE instead.
 
Method Summary
 IPath getLocation()
          Return a path to a location in the file-system where clients are able to write files that will have the same sharing/scope properties as preferences defined in this scope.
 String getName()
          Return the name of the scope that this context is associated with.
 IEclipsePreferences getNode(String qualifier)
          Return the preferences node that contains the preferences for the given qualifier or null if the node cannot be determined.
 
Methods inherited from class org.eclipse.core.internal.preferences.AbstractScope
equals, hashCode
 
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, finalize, getClass, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait
 

Field Detail

SCOPE

public static final String SCOPE
String constant (value of "instance") used for the scope name for the instance preference scope.

See Also:
Constant Field Values

INSTANCE

public static final IScopeContext INSTANCE
Singleton instance of an Instance Scope object. Typical usage is: InstanceScope.INSTANCE.getNode(...);

Since:
3.4
Constructor Detail

InstanceScope

public InstanceScope()
Deprecated. call InstanceScope.INSTANCE instead.

Create and return a new instance scope instance.

Method Detail

getLocation

public IPath getLocation()
Description copied from interface: IScopeContext
Return a path to a location in the file-system where clients are able to write files that will have the same sharing/scope properties as preferences defined in this scope.

Implementors may return null if the location is not known, is unavailable, or is not applicable to this scope.

Specified by:
getLocation in interface IScopeContext
Specified by:
getLocation in class org.eclipse.core.internal.preferences.AbstractScope
Returns:
a writable location in the file system or null

getName

public String getName()
Description copied from interface: IScopeContext
Return the name of the scope that this context is associated with. Must not be null.

Specified by:
getName in interface IScopeContext
Specified by:
getName in class org.eclipse.core.internal.preferences.AbstractScope
Returns:
the name of the scope

getNode

public IEclipsePreferences getNode(String qualifier)
Description copied from interface: IScopeContext
Return the preferences node that contains the preferences for the given qualifier or null if the node cannot be determined. The given qualifier must not be null but may be a path to a sub-node within the scope.

An example of a qualifier in Eclipse 2.1 would be the plug-in identifier that the preference is associated with (e.g. the "org.eclipse.core.resources" plug-in defines the "description.autobuild" preference).

This method can be used to determine the appropriate preferences node to aid in setting key/value pairs. For instance: new InstanceScope().getNode("org.eclipse.core.resources"); returns the preference node in the instance scope where the preferences for "org.eclipse.core.resources" are stored.

Specified by:
getNode in interface IScopeContext
Overrides:
getNode in class org.eclipse.core.internal.preferences.AbstractScope
Parameters:
qualifier - a qualifier for the preference name
Returns:
the node containing the plug-in preferences or null
See Also:
IPreferencesService

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