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Overview

The Definitive Guide to Eclipse Rich Client Development

In Eclipse Rich Client Platform, Second Edition, three Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) project leaders show how to use Eclipse 3.5 (“Galileo”) to rapidly deliver cross-platform applications with rich, native-feel GUIs.

The authors fully reveal the power of Eclipse as a desktop application development platform; introduce important new improvements in Eclipse 3.5; and walk through developing a full-featured, branded RCP application for Windows, Linux, Mac, and other platforms—including handheld devices and kiosks.

Drawing on their extensive experience, the authors cover building, refining, and refactoring prototypes; customizing user interfaces; adding help and software management features; and building, branding, testing, and shipping finished software. They demonstrate current best practices for developing modular and dynamically extensible systems, using third-party code libraries, packaging applications for diverse environments, and much more.

For Java programmers at all levels of experience, this book

  • Introduces important new RCP features such as p2, Commands, and Databinding
  • Thoroughly covers key RCP-related technologies such as Equinox, SWT, JFace, and OSGi
  • Shows how to effectively brand and customize RCP application look-and-feel
  • Walks through user interface testing for RCP applications with SWTBot
  • Illuminates key similarities and differences between RCP and conventional plug-in development

Hands-on, pragmatic, and comprehensive, this book offers all the real-world, nontrivial code examples working developers need—as well as “deep dives” into key technical areas that are essential to your success.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321603784
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 5/28/2010
  • Series: Eclipse Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 518
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff McAffer has been part of Eclipse since the beginning and currently co-leads the Eclipse Equinox OSGi, RT, and RCP teams. He also has leadership roles in the Eclipse and Tools Projects at Eclipse and is the lead author of OSGi and Equinox: Creating Highly Modular Java Systems Systems (Addison-Wesley, 2010).


Jean-Michel Lemieux, lead architect of the Jazz project, has been a committer on the Eclipse Team and CVS components since the project’s inception.


Chris Aniszczyk is the co-lead of Eclipse’s Plug-in Development Environment (PDE), sits on the Eclipse Architecture Council, and represents the Eclipse committers on the Eclipse Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xxi

Preface xxv

Acknowledgments xxix

About the Authors xxxi

Part I: Introduction 1

Chapter 1: Eclipse as a Rich Client Platform 3

1.1 Eclipse 5

1.2 The Eclipse Rich Client Platform 5

1.3 Eclipse RCP over the Years 6

1.4 Uses of RCP 7

1.5 Summary 12

1.6 Pointers 13

Chapter 2: Eclipse RCP Concepts 15

2.1 A Community of Plug-ins 15

2.2 Inside Plug-ins 18

2.3 Putting a System Together 19

2.4 OSGi Framework 20

2.5 Equinox 21

2.6 Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT) 25

2.7 JFace 25

2.8 UI Workbench 25

2.9 Summary 27

2.10 Pointers 27

Part II: RCP by Example 29

Chapter 3: Tutorial Introduction 31

3.1 What Is Hyperbola? 31

3.2 The Evolution of Hyperbola 32

3.3 Development Environment Installation 33

3.4 Sample Code 34

3.5 Target Platform Setup 36

3.6 Learning by Example 42

3.7 Summary 44

3.8 Pointers 44

Chapter 4: The Hyperbola Application 45

4.1 Hyperbola “Hello, World” 45

4.2 Tour of the Code 51

4.3 Running and Debugging 55

4.4 Summary 62

4.5 Pointers 62

Chapter 5: Starting the Hyperbola Prototype 63

5.1 Continuing from the Shell 64

5.2 Adding a Contacts View 65

5.3 The Chat Model 70

5.4 Filling in the Contacts View 72

5.5 Adding Images 78

5.6 Summary 81

5.7 Pointers 82

Chapter 6: Adding Actions 83

6.1 Adding to the Menus and Toolbar 84

6.2 Adding to the Status Line 93

6.3 System Tray Integration 96

6.4 Summary 100

6.5 Pointers 101

Chapter 7: Adding a Chat Editor 103

7.1 Views and Editors 104

7.2 Defining the Chat Editor 105

7.3 Checkpoint 113

7.4 Summary 114

7.5 Pointers 114

Chapter 8: Branding Hyperbola 115

8.1 Defining the Hyperbola Product 115

8.2 Window Images 120

8.3 Customizing the Launcher 121

8.4 Splash Screen 122

8.5 About Information 124

8.6 Summary 127

8.7 Pointers 127

Chapter 9: Packaging Hyperbola 129

9.1 Exporting Hyperbola 129

9.2 Exporting for Other Platforms 132

9.3 Summary 134

9.4 Pointers 135

Chapter 10: Messaging Support 137

10.1 Integrating a Third-Party Library 138

10.2 Refactoring the Model 143

10.3 Updating the UI 149

10.4 Chatting with Eliza 152

10.5 Summary 153

10.6 Pointers 154

Chapter 11: Adding a Login Dialog 155

11.1 Adding the Login Dialog 155

11.2 Remembering Login Settings 161

11.3 Adding Auto-login Preferences 170

11.4 Summary 175

11.5 Pointers 175

Chapter 12: Adding Key Bindings 177

12.1 Defining Commands 177

12.2 Checkpoint 182

12.3 Adding Key Bindings for Workbench Actions 182

12.4 Key Schemes 184

12.5 Keys Preference Page 185

12.6 Summary 186

12.7 Pointers 186

Chapter 13: Adding Help 187

13.1 Adding to the Target Platform 187

13.2 Configuring the Help Plug-ins 190

13.3 Add the Help Action 190

13.4 Adding Help Content 191

13.5 Help Content Structure 195

13.6 Infopops or F1 Help 196

13.7 Exporting Plug-ins with Help 197

13.8 Summary 198

13.9 Pointers 198

Chapter 14: Adding Software Management 199

14.1 Getting p2 199

14.2 Features 200

14.3 Defining Features 204

14.4 Branding Features 209

14.5 Updating Hyperbola 210

14.6 Customizing the p2 UI 211

14.7 Defining Categories 213

14.8 Automatic Updates 214

14.9 Summary 215

14.10 Pointers 215

Part III: The Workbench 217

Chapter 15: Workbench Advisors 219

15.1 Workbench Advisors 219

15.2 WorkbenchAdvisor 223

15.3 WorkbenchWindowAdvisor 229

15.4 ActionBarAdvisor 231

15.5 Workbench Overview 232

15.6 Summary 238

15.7 Pointers 238

Chapter 16: Perspectives, Views, and Editors 239

16.1 Perspectives 240

16.2 Views and Editors 251

16.3 Multiple Workbench Windows 258

16.4 Drag and Drop with Editors 259

16.5 Summary 262

16.6 Pointers 262

Chapter: 17 Actions 263

17.1 Overview 263

17.2 Declarative Actions in Hyperbola 265

17.4 Retargetable Actions 275

17.5 Consolidating Declarative Actions 277

17.6 Toolbar Action Tricks 278

17.7 Adding Contributions to the Status Line 281

17.8 Reporting Progress 282

17.9 Summary 289

Chapter 18: Commands 291

18.1 The Problem with Actions 292

18.2 Commands 293

18.3 Contributions 294

18.4 Handlers 299

18.5 Summary 301

18.6 Pointers 302

Chapter 19: Customizing Workbench Windows 303

19.1 Customization Defined 303

19.2 Customizing a Workbench Window 304

19.3 Custom Window Shapes 312

19.4 Summary 318

19.5 Pointers 318

Chapter 20: Customizing the Presentation of Views and Editors 319

20.1 Presentations 319

20.2 Sample Presentations 320

20.3 Writing a Presentation 322

20.4 Example Presentation 326

20.5 Summary 333

20.6 Pointers 334

Part IV: Development Processes 335

Chapter 21: Installing and Updating with p2 337

21.1 The Roles of p2 337

21.2 Architecture 338

21.3 Using the p2 API 342

21.4 Metadata Management 345

21.5 Repository Management 349

21.6 Installation Management 350

21.7 Summary 351

21.8 Pointers 351

Chapter 22: Dynamic Plug-ins 353

22.1 Making Hyperbola Dynamic 353

22.2 Dynamic Challenges 355

22.3 Dynamic Awareness 355

22.4 Dynamic Enablement 364

22.5 Summary 367

22.6 Pointers 367

Chapter 23: RCP Everywhere 369

23.1 Sample Code 369

23.2 The Scenario 370

23.3 Product Configurations 371

23.4 Hyperbola Product Configurations 376

23.5 Code Structure 383

23.6 Designing a Platform 390

23.7 RCP-Friendly Plug-ins 394

23.8 Summary 394

23.9 Pointers 395

Chapter 24: Building Hyperbola 397

24.1 What Is PDE Build? 398

24.2 Plug-in build.properties 399

24.3 Setting Up a Builder 401

24.4 Running the Builder 407

24.5 Tweaking the Build 410

24.6 Building Add-on Features 417

24.7 Assembling Multiple Configurations 420

24.8 Summary 422

Chapter 25: Testing 423

25.1 Making Hyperbola Testable 423

25.2 Unit Testing Hyperbola 424

25.3 User Interface Testing Hyperbola 426

25.4 Summary 429

25.5 Pointers 429

Chapter 26: The Last Mile 431

26.1 Archives 431

26.2 Native Installers 432

26.3 p2 Installer 433

26.4 Java Web Start (JNLP) 433

26.5 Initializing the Install 439

26.6 Preinitialized Configurations 440

26.7 Multiuser Install Scenarios 441

26.8 Summary 445

26.9 Pointers 445

Part V: Reference 447

Chapter 27: OSGi 449

27.1 OSGi and the Eclipse Runtime 450

27.2 The Shape of Plug-ins 452

27.3 Fragments 454

27.4 Version Numbering 457

27.5 Services 459

27.6 Bundle Lifecycle 460

27.7 Early Activation 465

27.8 Lazy Activation 467

27.9 Data Areas 469

27.10 Summary 471

27.11 Pointers 472

Chapter 28: Eclipse Databinding 473

28.1 Getting Started 473

28.2 Why Databinding? 474

28.3 Architecture 474

28.4 Observables 475

28.5 Properties 480

28.6 Bindings 483

28.7 Summary 487

28.8 Pointers 487

Chapter 29: Eclipse Ecosystem 489

29.1 Where to Find Plug-ins 489

29.2 Eclipse Platform Plug-ins 491

29.3 Product Introduction 491

29.4 Resources 492

29.5 Text Editing 495

29.6 Consoles 499

29.7 Variables 500

29.8 Outline and Property Views 501

29.9 Forms 501

29.10 Browser 502

29.11 The Common Navigator Framework 502

29.12 Declarative Services 503

29.13 Summary 503

Index 505

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