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Scheduled Notifications in Eclipse RCP Applications

As a busy developers we tend to miss little things day to day, forget to filing out effort sheet is one great example 😉 😛 , So for these reminders/notifications are helpful.
Mylyn notifications is a really good solution for including notifications in RCP applications.
Now in realtime most of us would need a scheduled notifications, Lately for a POC I did we were in a need of such a scheduled notification for the RCP app. In this post we are going to see how can we schedule notifications using ‘quartz job’.

As a regular news reader , I use to check google news after my lunch almost everyday. Lets schedule a notification at 13:30 everyday to say “News time” . So our notification will be having a link to news.google.com. 🙂

In your plug-in project add “org.eclipse.mylyn.commons.ui“ as a dependency. Now to create the notification popup , create a class called NotificationPopUI and extend “org.eclipse.mylyn.internal.provisional.commons.ui.AbstractNotificationPopup” class.

import java.net.MalformedURLException;
import java.net.URL;
import org.eclipse.mylyn.internal.provisional.commons.ui.AbstractNotificationPopup;
import org.eclipse.mylyn.internal.provisional.commons.ui.CommonFonts;
import org.eclipse.mylyn.internal.provisional.commons.ui.CommonImages;
import org.eclipse.swt.events.MouseAdapter;
import org.eclipse.swt.events.MouseEvent;
import org.eclipse.swt.events.MouseTrackAdapter;
import org.eclipse.swt.events.SelectionAdapter;
import org.eclipse.swt.events.SelectionEvent;
import org.eclipse.swt.graphics.Image;
import org.eclipse.swt.layout.GridData;
import org.eclipse.swt.layout.GridLayout;
import org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Composite;
import org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Display;
import org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Label;
import org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Link;
import org.eclipse.ui.IWorkbench;
import org.eclipse.ui.PartInitException;
import org.eclipse.ui.PlatformUI;
import org.eclipse.ui.browser.IWebBrowser;
import org.eclipse.ui.browser.IWorkbenchBrowserSupport;

public class NotificationPopUpUI extends AbstractNotificationPopup

public NotificationPopUpUI(Display display)

  protected void createContentArea(Composite composite)
    composite.setLayout(new GridLayout(1, true));
    Link linkGoogleNews = new Link(composite, 0);
    String googlenewsLink = "This is a link to <a href=\"https://news.google.com\">Google News</a>";
    linkGoogleNews.setSize(400, 100);

    linkGoogleNews.addSelectionListener(new SelectionAdapter()
      public void widgetSelected(SelectionEvent e) {
        try {
            .getExternalBrowser().openURL(new URL(e.text));
        } catch (PartInitException e1) {
        } catch (MalformedURLException e1) {

  protected String getPopupShellTitle()
    return "It's News Time!";
  protected Image getPopupShellImage(int maximumHeight)
    return null;

The method protected void createContentArea(Composite composite){} should be overrided to add the content which we want to display.
If we want to customize the title area also, then we should consider overriding
protected void createTitleArea(Composite parent){}.

Now we are done with creating the content of our notification popup , we need two other things to get this whole thing done.

1. A Quartz Job class where we will invoke the notification popup.
2. A place where we will be triggering/scheduling the quartz job.

Task#1 – Invoking the notification
Create a class called InvokeNotificationJob which implements org.quartz.Job interface.

import org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Display;
import org.quartz.Job;
import org.quartz.JobExecutionContext;
import org.quartz.JobExecutionException;

public class InvokeNotificationJob
  implements Job
  public void execute(JobExecutionContext context)
    throws JobExecutionException
    Runnable runnable = new Runnable()
      public void run()
        NotificationPopUpUI popup = new  NotificationPopUpUI(NotificationQuartzJobHelper.getInstance().getCurrentDisp());

As you could see from the above code I am using a helper class, I will explain the use of it little later when we accomplish our task#2.
Note :
With the invocation shown by default the notification will fadeout after certain delay. If in case you do not need the fadeout (forcing the notification to stay until it get closed) we have to set ,


Task#2 – Scheduling the notification job

We are not going to have any dedicated action for this triggering, so we are going to make use of startup extension point.

Create a class called StartUpClass which implements org.eclipse.ui.IStartup interface.
The method public void earlyStartup() will be called when the plugin is activated.

import org.eclipse.ui.IStartup;
import org.eclipse.ui.IWorkbench;
import org.eclipse.ui.PlatformUI;
import org.quartz.CronExpression;
import org.quartz.CronTrigger;
import org.quartz.JobDetail;
import org.quartz.Scheduler;
import org.quartz.SchedulerException;
import org.quartz.SchedulerFactory;
import org.quartz.impl.StdSchedulerFactory;

public class StartUpClass
  implements IStartup
  public void earlyStartup()
    if (PlatformUI.isWorkbenchRunning())
    } catch (SchedulerException e) {

  public void scheduleNotification()
    throws SchedulerException
    SchedulerFactory schedulerFactory = new StdSchedulerFactory();

    Scheduler scheduler = schedulerFactory.getScheduler();

    JobDetail jobDetail = new JobDetail("jobDetail", "jobDetailGroup", InvokeNotificationJob.class);

    CronTrigger cronTrigger = new CronTrigger("cronTrigger", "triggerGroup");
      CronExpression cexp = new CronExpression("0 30 13 ? 1-12 ?");

    catch (Exception e)

    scheduler.scheduleJob(jobDetail, cronTrigger);


There are two things which u could notice here ,
First a helper class is being used to set the current display , which is being used in task#1 code.
Why we need this Display is as notification popup class involves UI stuff we have to do the invoking inside Display thread and since we are using another runnable there what I found it if we use “Display.getDefault()” directly then it will be null . So at the startup we are setting up the Current display and make use of it when we need. There are always better way to do this , but as of now I am going to stick with this.
Now the helper class looks like this ,

import org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Display;

public class NotificationQuartzJobHelper
  private static NotificationQuartzJobHelper notificationQuartzJobHelper;
  private Display currentDisp;

  public static NotificationQuartzJobHelper getInstance()
    if (notificationQuartzJobHelper == null) {
      notificationQuartzJobHelper = new NotificationQuartzJobHelper();
    return notificationQuartzJobHelper;

  public void setCurrDisplay(Display currentDisp)
    this.currentDisp = currentDisp;

  public Display getCurrentDisp()
    return this.currentDisp;

Second is the scheduleNotification() method on which we are actually performing the scheduling logic.
We are making use of CronExpression to schedule the notification as we needed , the little screenshot below explains the cron expression.

To see a detailed link how to use quartz job and cron expressions click here.

If you run the plugin you could see a notification at the scheduled time as shown below,

Imp Tip: To just test the notification popup , you could invoke it via any one of the view class or actions.

That’s it we are done here.
I hope this is useful.
Happy coding. 🙂

  1. October 7, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Thanks – Enjoyed this article, how can I make is so that I get an update sent in an email every time you make a fresh update?

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