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Book: "Eclipse Rich Client Platform : Designing, Coding, and Packaging Java™ Applications, Second Edition"

Authors: Jeff McAffer, Jean-Michel Lemieux, Chris Aniszczyk

Date of publication: April 15, 2010 (second edition)[1], October 11, 2005 (first edition)

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Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional (AW book page)

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Book review by Wayne Beaton

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 example working developers need—as well as "deep dives" into key technical areas that are essential to your success.

Nick Edgar's opinion: This book is essential reading if you're doing or planning any development with the Rich Client Platform. The book also has a nice forward by Jeff Norris of NASA/JPL, where they are building their next generation mission planning platform on top of RCP.
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