Any extension point browsers out there?

I’m sitting in the “Extend web tools server tooling for your application server” session and it occurred to me that it finding extension points is a bit difficult currently.

It would be good if there was some sort of extension point browser.

Currently, you can look through books like The Java Developer’s Guide to Eclipse or through the embedded Eclipse help, but this helps if you know exactly what you want to do. If instead, you just want to see what extension points are available in all the plug-ins you have installed, there isn’t anything that shows them all to you in one place with some documentation for each.

The closest is the Plug-in Registry View, but you have to open each plug-in to see if it has extension points and even when you get to one, it doesn’t show you any documentation. It would be nice to show the doc for it like when you hover over a method in a Java class. You can get to this doc, but only if you go to the plug-in, open it’s plugin.xml, go to to the Extension Points page, select the extension point, and then click “Open extension point description.”

Note that when you do get to an extension point in the Plug-in Registry View, it tells you what plug-ins contribute extensions to it.

It would also be nice to be able to see the entire universe of extension points, ranked by popularity or rating, maybe with comments, tips, and examples on each, like there is with books on Amazon.

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