I am not sure if this question gets closed but looking for shortcuts in Force IDE similar to what we have in Java. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/1028858/useful-eclipse-java-code-templates

I am sure people who are working on salesforce for a long time would definitely have some templates.

Please share with us and it definitely helps people like me who are new and coming from Java background.

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    I'm not sure about the Force.com IDE, but I know MavensMate has a selection of templates. MavensMate-Templates Commented Aug 20, 2015 at 19:51
  • @DanielBallinger , Thanks for the link. I used Mavensmate IDE for a week but the saving file to the server was very painful. At time it would take around 5 mins..I wish we had all these features in Force IDE.
    – javanoob
    Commented Aug 20, 2015 at 20:02
  • @javanoob Most people see better performance with recent MavensMate than the Force.com IDE. And it looks like MavensMate has succeeded in attracting a community who contribute templates but the Force.com IDE has not. So I suggest you take another look at MavensMate.
    – Keith C
    Commented Aug 20, 2015 at 23:44
  • @KeithC I have used both MavensMate and Eclipse Force.com IDE for a while, and I am still using both for daily work. Considering the speed of compilation and refreshing from server, MavensMate is no comparison to Force.com IDE. I would say the success of MavensMate is the success of Sublime, not itself.
    – Lance Shi
    Commented Aug 20, 2015 at 23:52
  • @KeithC Are you not facing this problem github.com/joeferraro/MavensMate/issues/478 --Actually this led me to use ForceIDE
    – javanoob
    Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 1:08

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Hope that it will help developers how want create custom Apex templates in Eclipse IDE.

Currently the Salesforce Plugin for Apex Provides you with:

  • ApexClass-Default
  • ApexClass-Inbound_Email_Service
  • ApexClass-Test_Class

You can add your custom template to the above list and it shows up, its simple:

  1. Navigate to the Eclipse Installation Folder –> Configuration –>org.eclipse.osgi . Search for .template. You can see the files listed above.
  2. Open any of the ApexClass* file using your fav text editor.
  3. Modify the file. Add custom comments , descriptions etc.
  4. Save the file as ApexClass-.template.
  5. Restart your Eclipse.

Based on the comment chain, I don't believe the Force.com IDE currently has Apex Code Templates.

I do know that MavensMate in sublime has templates when creating new components. See MavensMate-Templates.

  • Looks like I had tooling api turned off in my mavensmate..now after turning on the save time is greatly improved also I see there are so many other cool features in mavensmate..I am loving it! and no more feel like coding in EditPlus :)
    – javanoob
    Commented Aug 26, 2015 at 20:37
  • Go to File -> New -> Apex Class
  • Select a project and Choose a class name and click Next>
  • You'll see the following: "Templates are 'New Class' templates found in the Apex Editor Templates preference page."On the bottom of the pop-up window.
  • Click on Apex Editor Templates
  • The Templates preference window pops up and here you can create your new templates, modify existing one or delete them.


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