data-binding eclipse eclipse-rcp java jface

Best practise for data binding a list in Eclipse RCP application

I am having trouble understanding the databinding in my Eclipse RCP application. I just can’t figure out how it’s supposed to work..

Here’s what I want to do

I have a View where a list of texts should be displayed. The texts are “stored” in a simple List<String> which is provided via a singleton (for demonstration purpose only ;)). So whoever uses the ListProvider will get the list of texts. When the list changes I want my View to automatically update the table contents.

Here’s what I’ve done so far

My List provider is an Observable that will notify observers when the list changes.

In my view I create an Observer to watch the list provider and when the observer is notified I refresh my view.

Code for the ListProvider:

public class ListProvider extends Observable {
private Stack<String> hist;
private static ListProvider instance;
// Singleton implementation
public static ListProvidergetInstance() {
if (null == instance) {
instance = new ListProvider
return instance;
public void add(String text) {
if (this.hist.size() == MAX_SIZE) {
this.hist.add(0, text);
// notify all observers

Code for the view:

public class TestView extends ViewPart {
private TableViewer viewer;
class ViewContentProvider implements IStructuredContentProvider {
public void inputChanged(Viewer v, Object oldInput, Object newInput) {
public void dispose() {
public Object[] getElements(Object parent) {
return ClipboardHistory.getInstance().getList().toArray();
public void createPartControl(Composite parent) {
viewer = new TableViewer(parent, SWT.MULTI | SWT.H_SCROLL | SWT.V_SCROLL);
IContentProvider contentProvider = new ViewContentProvider();
viewer.setLabelProvider(new ViewLabelProvider());

Observer listObserver = new Observer() {
public void update(Observable o, Object arg) {
// update the table viewer



Is using Observer and Observable the “right” way to go or am I missing something? I am not sure I’ve grasped the concept of RCP Databinding…