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I'm looking for Eclipse plugin which may show something like mini-map of code. I think this may be nice feature. Here you can see example of what I mean (it's TextMap plugin for gedit).

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it would be helpful if you expand on why you think this may be nice feature. What kind of your issues you would expect it to solve? –  gnat Jan 12 '13 at 11:03
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I created one:

https://github.com/apauzies/eclipse-minimap-view

It's a "beta" version, feel free to give it a try.

It looks like this

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would you mind explaining more on what your plugin does and what it's good for? "Link-only answers" are not quite welcome at Stack Exchange –  gnat Jan 12 '13 at 7:38
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My plugin does exactly what was asked: an "Eclipse plugin which may show something like mini-map of code" ... –  Alexandre Pauzies Jan 12 '13 at 7:56
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@ AlexandrePauzies Your answer is the only one useful, which makes your score a bit unfair. You clearly state that you are the owner of the plugin, so this kind of self promotion is perfectly ok. I think @gnat reacted to the way your question is written. Link-only short answers are frowned upon. I was going to suggest including a screenshot, but since you have done it now... –  Simon Jan 12 '13 at 8:30
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The idea is really cool, I am not sure, whether one should use such a plugin.

If your source code files are so big that you could put such a plugin to use, it's really an indicator that you should split them up.
Also the outline view should help you cope with files that are just too big. It gives you a legible view of the structure instead of a tiny image of all characters in it (which depending on the quality of the formatting can give you hints about the structure or not).

This obviously doesn't answer your question, but you still may want to take it into consideration, when deciding how to tackle large files.

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Thank you for this answer. I agree that large files should be refactored. Subject plugin for Eclipse doesn't exist, as I understand. It would be interesting to try such a tool. I think that sometimes it could help to navigate through code.P.S. I apologize for the bad English. –  Anton Derevyanko Apr 28 '11 at 6:31
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One reason for this plugin over merely a code outline view is when code folding is used: http://i.stack.imgur.com/3ZF3N.png

Now I can easily judge the inner code outline (within a function) of only the few functions I need to modify for this change.

I am unaware of such a plugin for Eclipse, sadly, and it's one of the reasons I'm not using eclipse. (Other being overall lack of fuzzy-search.)

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