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Eclipse and the Rich Client Platform (RCP) together form a leading development platform. It provides a lightweight software component framework based on plugins. In addition to allowing Eclipse to be extended using other programming languages, it provides the key to the seamless integration of tools with Eclipse. The RCP gives Eclipse its modularity: Eclipse employs plugins in order to provide all of its functionality on top of (and including) the RCP, in contrast to some other applications where functionality is typically hardcoded. RCP apps are platform independent: they can be built for all major operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and Mac from a single code base. And the RCP provides a professional look and feel for applications.
Practical Eclipse Rich Client Platform Projects is a clear and technical guide for Eclipse developers to help them enhance their knowledge and achieve their goals quickly.
The primary audience of this book is developers and software engineers involved in user interface development with the Eclipse platform. Also, this book will be valuable to scientists, students, practitioners, and all those interested in multi-platform user interface development.