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A couple of days ago somebody asked me how to use Forge after having installed the JBoss Tools nighty build. This is a valid question and indeed not so obvious at the moment. We don't want to overload the top level Eclipse menubar and toolbar so it is somewhat hidden until we find a good spot for the shortcuts. Suggestions are of course always welcome.


The Long and Winding Road

The normal way to start Forge is to start it by pressing the start toolbar button or choosing the start menu entry of the Forge Console View.


Now the question of course is how you can open this Forge Console View. This can be done by selecting the 'Forge->Forge Console' entry in the Eclipse 'Show View' dialog.


Now the question of course is how you can open this fancy 'Show View' dialog. The long and winding road to do this would be to use the Eclipse menu bar and select 'Window->Show View->Other...'. Luckily there is a quicker alternative to do this last step only using your keyboard:

  • Windows and Linux: press Alt+Shift+Q and then another Q
  • Mac: press Option+Cmd+Q and then another Q


The Fast Lane

Even with this last keyboard trick this is a very long process and it would be good if there was a faster way to do it. The good news is that there actually is a shortcut. Earlier, we posted how to bring up a popup containing all the Forge commands applicable in the current context

  • Windows and Linux: Ctrl+4
  • Mac: press Cmd+4

Now if only we extended the functionality of this combination to startup Forge if it is not running? That is exactly what we did. Pressing the above key combination brings up a dialog if Forge is not running yet and asks you if you want to start it.

forge_not_running.pngPressing 'Yes' on this menu will start Forge, open the Forge Console View and bring this last view into focus. If the above combination does not work on your machine (because of a different keyboard layout) or if you would like to hook up this functionality to a different keystroke combo, you can do so by bringing up the Eclipse Preferences dialog:

  • Windows and Linux: choose 'Window->Preferences'
  • Mac: choose 'Eclipse->Preferences...' or press Cmd+, (that is Cmd and the comma).

preferences.png As you can see in the above screenshot, you can change the binding by selecting the 'General->Keys' entry and then look for the 'Forge Command List' command. Go into the 'Binding' field and choose your favourite keyboard combination.


The Result

Whether you take the long and winding road or the fast lane, the result should in both cases that you are seeing the Forge welcome banner and a prompt inviting you to enter your command of choice.



This is a work in progress. If you have any suggestions to make a better binding, or ideas about a proper perspective or menu that could be a home for this functionality, be my guest!




European conference season is about to start and I and others will be out and about talking about JBoss Tools and Friends the upcoming weeks/months. Here is an excerpt of those I'll be giving or attending:


Switzerland - Puzzle event & Neuchatel JBUG

Tuesday, 18th October at Puzzle Tech Talk 2011, I'll be giving a short introduction on the various flavors of Red Hat OpenShift.


Wednesday, 19th October at JBUG Neuchatel, Thomas Heute and I will be giving a more detailed look into using OpenShift Express for scripting languages and especially Java EE development on top of JBoss AS 7.


JUDCon, London

Monday, 31st October I get the pleasure to attend my first European JUDCon where I'll be taking the stage a few times:


14:30-15:15 - Making Examples accessible - talking about the rare subject on how you make your projects examples easy to use and install from both command line and IDE's. Cancelled.


19:00-20:00 - Emmanuel Bernard and I will host a live JBoss Community Asylum podcast from JUDCon inviting speakers and community members on stage to answer questions from the hosts and audience.


20:00-?? - Lightning talk showing five approaches to deploy to JBoss AS 7 in five minutes.


Do not forget to Register for JUDCon !


EclipseCon, Ludwigsburg

This year EclipseCon Europe will be celebrating 10 year annivesary of Eclipse and we'll have two talks there on Thursday, 3rd November.


11:30-12:00 Fred Bricon will be giving his Workaround Driven Development : How Maven integrates with Eclipse WTP talk where he will show m2e-wtp and talk about the challenges making it happen within the boundaries of Eclipse WTP.


15:30-16:00 I'm presenting on the Good, Bad and Ugly sides of using Tycho for building Eclipse plugins.


Devoxx, Antwerp

My favorite conference in Europe - primarily because of its awesome venue but also that I get to meet up with a large bunch of JBoss colleagues and community members.


Tuesday, 15th November at 13:00-13:15 I'm doing a Quickie talk covering how to Deploy JEE applications to OpenShift


You'll also find me hanging out/talking at the BOF's concerning JBoss technology: CDI, what comes next, JBoss Application Server 7 and Seam Gathering.


See you there!

For those interesting in stalking conference speakers and events I recommend checking out, been using it extensively to be able to write the above pretty fast You can see my lanyrd schedule here.


See you out there!

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