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*Open the dialog ''Run Configurations...''  
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*Use the launch configuration ''SWT ExampleApplication E4'' to start the Example Application  
*Use the launch configuration ''SWT Example Application '''E4''''' to start the Example Application  
**If required, select ''Add Required Plug-Ins'' in the ''Plug-Ins'' tab
**If required, select ''Add Required Plug-Ins'' in the ''Plug-Ins'' tab

Revision as of 12:14, 25 February 2013


Eclipse 4 offers some key concepts which ease the development of RCP applications.

Among these are

  • EMF based Workbench Model
  • Separation of Model and Presenentation
  • Customizable Rendering Engine
  • Dependency Injection ( no more Singletons )

Learn more about E4.

Riena supports these new concepts to simplify the implementation of Riena applications in turn. Therefore there is a new branch rienaOnE4 in the Riena Git Repository where all Riena E4 development happens.

E4 offers a compatibility layer for existing Eclipse 3.x applications. Riena does not make use of this compatibility layer, but brings native E4 support. Even so, Riena applications built on Eclipse 3.x basis will work with Riena on E4.

The following guide will walk through the necessary steps to setup your environment in minutes.

Get Eclipse

  • Grab the Eclipse Kepler 4.3 Release from the download page
  • Install it to your preferred location

Setup Target Platform

  • Add new, empty Target Definition and give it the name rienaE4
  • Select Software Site
  • Select following Components
    • Equinox Target Components
    • Eclipse RCP
    • Eclipse RCP SDK
    • Eclipse RCP Plug-in Developer Resources
    • Activate rienaE4 Target Platform

Get Riena Source Code

  • Clone the Riena Git Repository to any location in your file system
 git clone git://
For more information about using the Riena Git Repository checkout Riena on Git.
  • Import the Git Repository in Eclipse
  • Switch to Branch rienaOnE4
  • Checkout additional dependencies using the projectset in org.eclipse.riena.releng

If you have problems with the projectset checkout

Start Your Engines

  • Open the dialog Run Configurations...
  • Use the launch configuration SWT Example Application E4 to start the Example Application
    • If required, select Add Required Plug-Ins in the Plug-Ins tab

Get Riena Target Platform

If you do not want to checkout the Riena sources or just want to build a Riena based application, follow this steps to load the target platform.

  • Open the Target Platform configuration and select the target rienaE4 which you created above
  • In addition to the components added above, add the Riena Target components from the Software Site
    • Riena Core Target Components
    • Riena Target Components
    • Riena Samples Target Components
  • Open the Plug-Ins view, locate the plug-in org.eclipse.riena.example.client and import it as Source Project into your workspace
    • This project contains the Launch Configuration for the Riena example client
    • If required, select Add Required Plug-Ins in the Plug-Ins tab


  • Verify that Riena works with pure E4 applications (E4 Example Client)
  • Use E4 dependency injection (DI) mechanism for the Riena DI implementation
  • Migrate Riena Toolbox to E4 (Currently Riena Toolbox on E4 is untested)

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