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Toast is an example application meant to demonstrate a wide range of EclipseRT technologies. It operates in the telematics and fleet management domain. Telematics is the integration of telecommunications and informatics. You will have seen this in car navigation and infotainment devices. A typical telematics system interfaces to the devices in the vehicle and provides a user interface for interacting with or managing the devices. More sophisticated systems connect to a fleet management control center over a wireless network and allow remote control of the devices. For the fleet control center think of a large courier company with vehicles and packages going from place to place. This application domain is extremely rich with technology possibilities. That's why it makes such a great example!


  • The Toast code has cleared the IP process and is now in the CVS repo.  See instructions below for getting and using the code.
  • We are well on the way to creatig a half day tutorial based on Toast at the Eclipse Summit Europe RT Tutorial


Toast has its origins as the example application developed throughout the OSGi and Equinox book. What you see in this project is the extension of the Toast found in the book. This example takes Toast far beyond anything that could be covered in just one book and includes the use of:

Of course Equinox is used as the base runtime across the Toast client, server and embedded elements. The example also demonstrates a wide range of OSGi services such as HttpService, ConfigAdmin, Log, ...
Toast demonstrates three scenarios for the use of Equinox and OSGi on the server
p2 provisioning 
Various elements of p2 are included in Toast; building, deploying, managing profiles, ...
Toast is a distributed application and uses ECF to do vehicle discovery, remote services and various other nifty things (Twitter?)
The Toast control center runs on servers and presents a rich user interface using RAP including Google Map and Earth integration.
The control center needs to store and manage data about vehicles, drivers, packages, ..
The basic Toast server side data is, of course, modeled using EMF.
Toast allows for reporting on the activities of the vehicles, package delivery, ... through RAP integrated reportlets.
Riena is used to give users a rich client application experience using remote messaging and focused workflows.

Getting started

To get started with Toast do the following

  1. Connect to the repo at :extssh:dev.eclipse.org:/cvsroot/technology and navigate to /org.eclipse.examples/toast
  2. Check out the Toast project
  3. Open your Target Platform preferences (Window > Preferences > Plugin Development > Target Platform) and select the Toast Target as the current target. Click OK. **See below for Mac-related topics.
  4. Find toast.psf and using the context menu Import Project Set... to load all the Toast code into your workspace

Running Toast

There are several different parts to Toast. There are client and server bits, provisioning and application bits, RAP and Riena bits, etc. More will evolve over time. Below are the steps to running a basic Toast system. See the technology-specific documents for instructions on how to run other example setups.

Fundamentally Toast is split into the Back End and the Client. The back end is a server that has various amounts of function in it depending on the scenario. The client represents a vehicle and has the basic in-dash UI (Crust) and various applications. All configurations are described using Product Description (.product) files. To find the various ways of running, start by looking for *.product files (Ctrl-Shft-R).

See the platform-specific notes below for any variations to this process

Back End

  1. Open backend.product
  2. Launch using the green arrow at the top right or the link on the Overview page.
  3. Look at the console to see that the backend has started. You should see some port and URL registrations
  4. Open a web browser and point it at http://localhost:8080/toast for the simple web portal UI. Here you can navigate the various sample vehicles
  5. Point your browser at http://localhost:8080/fleet to get the RAP back end UI.


  1. Open client-full.product
  2. Launch using the green arrow at the top right or the link on the Overview page.
  3. You should see the Toast in-dash UI (gray window) with a few applications (CD player, Emergency, ...)
  4. Look at the console for the backend and notice the registration of client ABC123
  5. Click the Emergency button (top left) on the client and notice the messages showing up on the server.

For more scenarios see the individual technologoy pages listed above.

Platform-specific Notes


  • Currently on the Mac the client's Google Earth integration only works on Carbon. Further there is a bug in PDE 3.5.1 that makes it impossible to set the target platform to carbon (unless you are running carbon). To work around this we provide toast-carbon.target setup for use on Macs.  If you are running Snow Leopard you have to retrofit an old 32-bit Java 1.5 install to be able to run Carbon. Hopefully we can address the base issue and allow Google Earth integtration to work on Cocoa but until then...