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Re: [equinox-dev] Eclipse ViewPart and OSGI Declarative Servicesproblem

We've also run into this problem but didn't want to use any technology/framework other than RCP, DS and OSGi. Our solution so far is rather a workaround, but works fine for us so far: 

We've created a generic service listener interface and a generic ServiceTracker: 

public interface IGenericServiceListener<S> {
public void bindService(S service);
public void unbindService(S service);

public class GenericServiceTracker<S> extends ServiceTracker {
private S service;
private List<IGenericServiceListener<S>> serviceListener;
private final Class<S> clazz;

public GenericServiceTracker(BundleContext context, Class<S> clazz) {
super(context, clazz.getName(), null);
this.clazz = clazz;
this.serviceListener = Collections.synchronizedList(new ArrayList<IGenericServiceListener<S>>());

public Object addingService(ServiceReference reference) {
service = clazz.cast(super.addingService(reference));
return service;

private void informListener() {
for (IGenericServiceListener<S> listener : serviceListener) {

public void addServiceListener(IGenericServiceListener<S> serviceListener) {
// inform immediately if service available
if (this.service != null) {

The generic service interface and ServiceTracker are reusable. Next is the code you have always to write when interested in a specific service:

The activator in your RCP plug-in has to implement a specific addServiceListener method, e.g.
public static void addFacilityServiceListener(
IGenericServiceListener<IFacilityService> listener) {

And you have to start the ServiceTracker within the Activator-start() method:
this.facilityServiceTracker = new GenericServiceTracker<IFacilityService>(context, IFacilityService.class);

Last thing to do is your RCP-ViewClass has to register a serviceListener e.g. within the constructor:

public MyRCPView() {
MyActivator.addFacilityServiceListener(new IGenericServiceListener<IFacilityService>() {

public void bindService(IFacilityService service) {
// TODO Auto-generated method stub

public void unbindService(IFacilityService service) {
// TODO Auto-generated method stub

Or you can implement the listener interface this way and have bindService() and unbindService() methods directly within your ViewClass

public class MyRCPView extends ViewPart implements IGenericServiceListener<IFacilityService>


Am 02.11.2010 um 13:34 schrieb O'Flynn, Dennis:

Another dependency-injection approach is Spring.  Martin Libbert provided a way to bridge extension points w/ spring beans.  See his blog at:
* http://martinlippert.blogspot.com/2008/05/dependency-injection-for-extensions.html

-----Original Message-----
From: equinox-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:equinox-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Neil Bartlett
Sent: Tuesday, November 02, 2010 7:11 AM
To: Equinox development mailing list
Subject: Re: [equinox-dev] Eclipse ViewPart and OSGI Declarative Servicesproblem

Hi Richard,

This is a rather challenging area, because the lifecycles of services
and extensions are completely unrelated. As you've noticed, creating a
component with DS does not mean it will be used by the extension
registry. Indeed it cannot be, because the extension registry is more
like a factory where new instances are created each time they are

I created a small framework to help with this kind of thing:
http://github.com/njbartlett/extensions2services. Please be sure to
read the manual (in PDF), because it helps to describe the background
of the problem, even if you decide not to adopt my solution.

Other possible solutions, which all use or include a
dependency-injection approach, are as follows:

1) Eclipse Riena -- however Riena does a lot of other stuff that I
don't really understand
2) Peaberry is based on Guice
3) Eclipse 4.0 ("e4") uses dependency injection everywhere, but this
is not much use to you if you are using 3.x.


On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 9:17 PM, Richard Catlin
<richard.m.catlin@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I have a ViewPart which depends on an OSGI Declarative Service.

I have it configured properly so that the service is injected into the
ViewPart via a bind method.  I can debug and see that this is working.

The problem I am having is that a new instance of the ViewPart is being
instantiated for viewing and that the instance that was injected is not
being used.

Any help is appreciated.

Richard Catlin

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