Update: Added alternate link to screen-cast. Workaround to start plug-in
I have been debugging a lot lately which included open source libraries, closed source web-service engine and parts of closed source application server (WebLogic). During this painful debug-fest I felt a strong need for several features missing in Eclipse (NetBeans as well, for that matter) . Debugging closed applications is a pain beyond imagination, even with IDE integrated decompilers, it takes incredible amount of patience and time to debug.
To improve productivity (or prevent burnout), I jotted down a plugin to export/import live variables, filter variables view with a xpath like expressions etc. The plugin, called 'evars', features a small expression interpreter (similar to xpath) which can do a wonderful job of filtering variables on current stackframe. It also allows you to export variables to a file and reload them at a later point.
For the first time, I have attempted to create a screencast to explain its usefulness. You may watch it over here [10mb non-streaming, 1275x860], alternate link (open with your browser).
I have also created a beta release to see if it finds any interest which you can download it from here [JAR ~800kb, Jdk6] (Click here for Java 5 version) and drop it in dropins folder [Eclipse 3.4+]
If you find it interesting, please leave feedback here.