A Tutorial based on the Eclipse Rich Client Platform. ( Jean- Michel Lemieux and Jeff McAffer. IBM Rational Software. Rich Client Application . While the Eclipse Platform is designed to serve as an open tools platform, it is architected so that its components can be used to build just about any client. SAVE k. for easy Reference The Eclipse Rich Client Platform ( RCP) is a platform for building and deploying rich client applications. It includes.

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A Rich Client Platform needs a strong component model with the following major characteristics: ✓ Specified interfaces: a component must declare its public. PDF | SpinRCP is an integrated development environment for the Spin SpinRCP is implemented in Java as an Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) product. Eclipse's Rich Client Platform, Part 1: Getting started. Page 1 of 30 Essentially, the RCP provides a generic Eclipse workbench that developers can extend to construct their own heading graphics, and two PDF files. Our ability to generate.

Editors implement the org. IEditorPart interface, or subclass org. Like views, to facilitate lazy loading, a workbench page only holds IEditorReference objects, so that you can list out the editors without loading the plug-in that contains the editor definition. Perspectives are a way of grouping you views and editors together in a way that makes sense to a particular context, such as debugging.

To create a perspective, you need to extend the org. The class driving the perspective implements org. To group many views together in a tabbed fashion, rather than side by side, IPageLayout. When running your application you need to ensure that you have all required plug-ins included. Do this by checking your Run Configurations. Go to the plugins tab and click Validate Plug-ins.

If there are errors click on Add Required Plug-ins to fix the error. Now that you have created a perspective and a view for your RCP application, you will probably want to provide some preference pages.

To provide preference pages you will need to implement the org. While the preference page class will implement org. IWorkbenchPreferencePage, it is useful to extend org. FieldEditorPreferencePage as it provides createFieldEditors method which is all you need to implement, along with the init method in order to display a standard preference page. A complete list of FieldEditors is provided in the org.

Preferences for a plug-in are stored in an org. IPreferenceStore object. You can access a plug-ins preference through the Activator, which will typically extend org. Each preference you add to the store has to be assigned a key.

Preferences are stored as String based values, but methods are provided to access the values in number of formats such as double, int and Boolean. While preferences are used to display the overall preferences for the plug-in, property sheets are used to display the properties for views, editors or other resources in the Eclipse environments. By hooking into the Properties API, the properties for you object will appear in the Properties view usually displayed at the bottom of your Eclipse application.

The Properties view will check if the selected object in the workspace can supports the org. IPropertySource interface, either through implementation or via the getAdapter method of the object. Each property gets a descriptor and a value through the IPropertySource interface. All good applications should provide some level of user assistance.

Getting Started with Eclipse RCP

Add a number of toc items to this extension point, the only mandatory attribute for each toc entry is the file that contains the table of contents definition. To see a quick example of what help content should look like, choose the Help Content item from the Extension Wizards tab when adding to the plug-ins manifest. Each topic entry should have a link to a HTML file with the full content for that topic.

The above XML extract from a table of contents file illustrates this. There is also the choice to use the definition editor for help content.

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This will open by default in Eclipse when choosing a toc file. Another user assistance mechanism used in Eclipse is a cheat sheet, which guides the user through a series of steps to achieve a task. This presents you with an editor to add an Intro and a series of items, with the option to hook in commands to automate the execution of the task.

To add this cheat sheet to your plug-in manifest, the cheat sheet editor has a Register this cheat sheet link on the top right hand corner. When registering the cheat sheet you will need to provide it with a category and a description. Clicking finish on this dialog will add the org. You can modify the details of the cheat sheet from here if necessary.

You can help the user to load up your plug-in s as a single part, by combining them into one feature. This wizard generated a feature.

The most important section is the Plug-ins tab, which lists the plug-ins required for your feature. The I ncluded Features tab allows you to specify sub-features to include as part of your feature. On the Dependencies tab, you can get all the plugins or features that you are dependent on by clicking on the Compute button.

The feature also provides a single location where you can define all the branding for your application. In the Overview tab, you can assign a Branding Plug-in to the feature. All of the icons and files referenced by the about.

Getting Started with Eclipse RCP

A product is an entire distribution of an RCP application, rather than a feature intended to be part of an existing distribution.

As such, products have additional branding requirements. To specify these extra parameters, a contribution to the org. The product must be assigned the application to run, the name of the product for the title bar and a description.

An application can be provided by using the org. You can also provide most of these details in the Branding tab of the generated. Here you can specify the plug-in that contains the splash. Typically, this should reside in your branding plug-in. The splash screen can also be customized with templates, and can include a progress bar with messages. Over a million developers have joined DZone.

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Providing a Foundation for Building and Deploying Rich Client Applications Introduces you to the Eclipse plug-in development environment and shows you how to add key functionality to your RCP application. SAVE PDF for easy Reference. Written by. Table of Contents. Section 1. Section 2. Figure 1: The New Project Wizard The next screen allows you to assign a name to your plugin. Figure 2: RCP Project Settings Page The next page in the project wizard allows you to set some important attributes of your plug-in.

Workbench UI — — Views, editors, perspectives. Only available via RCP. JFace introduces actions. Drag jar file to Eclipse IDE's plugins directory. Restart Eclipse IDE. Choose a project directory. Click Finish. Plug-in architecture. Advanced features such as help, update manager, preferences, problem markers, etc.

Larger deployment packages.

Websites — Eclipse Foundation, www. Designing, Coding, and Packaging Java Applications. Read more. Eclipse Rich Ajax Platform: Bringing Rich Client to the Web. Bringing Rich Client to the Web Firstpress. Eclipse Web Tools Platform: User Changes Changes during runtime, are written back to the model. For example, if the user positions a part into another stack via drag and drop.

If the Eclipse application is closed, theses changes are recorded and saved in the workbench. This file is located in the. User changes can be deleted at start of your application via the clearPersistedState parameter as a launch parameter. In most cases this is undesired behavior for an exported application and only used during development.

At runtime the application model of an Eclipse application consists of different components: Application model - By default defined via the Application. The Eclipse platform creates the runtime application model based on the initial application model Application.

User deltas are applied afterwards. If these deltas do not apply anymore, e. The deltas are applied to the model based on the IDs of the user interface component. The automatic persistence of the application model is misleading during development.

The developer adds a new part and this part is not visible after startup of the application because Eclipse assumes that the user closed it in an earlier session. Use the clearPersistedState parameter to avoid the processing of user changes at startup. Comparison with Eclipse 3.

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These extensions define new parts, new menus, etc. This approach is no longer used in modern Eclipse RCP applications. All contributions are made via fragments or processors.

If your are using the compatibility layer, Eclipse stills supports plug-in based contributions.A 32x32 pixel icon representation of the feature to be used across the relevant About dialogs. This perspective is specifically designed to provide developers with a set of tools to develop custom plug-ins. This extension point is defined in the org.

The required fields are a unique ID and a readable name. The next screen allows you to assign a name to your plugin.

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