The Eclipse platform / IDE is an open development platform, but it has been developed in such a way that its components can be used to build a multitude of varieties of client application. The Rich Client Platform (RCP) is essentially a set of plug-ins for developing rich client applications.
User Interfaces can be using the same toolkits and extension points. The two key plug-ins required are org.eclipse.ui and org.eclipse.core.runtime (and their prerequisites).
Rich client applications can use any API necessary, and may use any compatible plug-ins above the bare minimum, such as the Update Manager, and the Help UI.
Available as a public or closed course at our London training centre, our Eclipse Plug-in / RCP Training Course can be tailored to your team's requirements and delivered onsite as a bespoke, customised training course. The course contains several Java tutorials based on real-world scenarios.
This course has been developed for real-world, commercial scenarios by our expert instructors. See below for detailed syllabus. If you have a technical question, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The completed exercises and solutions provide useful skeletons which can be used as a basis for the development of purpose built applications, including:
1. Code for database access
2. Code for a network client and server
3. Code for a graphical text editor
What you will learn
1. An understanding of the Java environment design. Delegates will be in a good position to start to learn about Java Enterprise.
2. A good grasp of the basic syntax of the language, which is essential for the effective use of Java.
3. Experience in the use of object oriented technology.
4. The essential features of the Swing packages and the Java event model used to process user interaction.
5. An understanding of how to use the JDBC to open a database connection, make and process queries.
6. An awareness of the basic classes needed for thread and networking programming.
Eclipse Plugin Development training course outline
Introduction to Eclipse Plug-in Development
Session 1 Welcome and Course Overview
Session 2 Eclipse Overview
Session 3 Introduction to SWT (Standard Widget Tool kit)
Practical 1 Hello SWT World
Session 4 Further SWT Applications
Practical 2 A Play viewing app
Session 5 JFace Introduction
Session 6 JFace Viewers
Practical 3 JFace: Adding remove and delete functionality to the play viewer
Session 7 Plug-in Concepts
Session 8 Plug-in Development
Practical 4 Simple Plays Plug-in
Session 9 Views
Practical 5 Adding a Play view to the plug-in
Session 10 Editors
Practical 6 Adding a Play content Editor to the plug-in
Session 11 Action Contributions
Practical 7 Adding an Select action
Session 12 Dialogs and Wizard
Practical 8 Adding a new Play wizard to the plug-in
Session 13 Perspectives
Practical 9 Defining a Plays perspective
Session 14 Defining Plug-in Help configuration
Practical 10 Adding Help to the Plays Plug-in
Session 15 Adding to Eclipse Preferences & Internationalization
Practical 11 Internationalization of the Plays Plug-in
Session 16 Features
Practical 12 Creating a Plays Feature
Session 17 Rich Client Platform (RCP) concepts
Session 18 RCP Development
Practical 13 Building an Play viewer RCP application
Session 19 EMF & Graphical Development in Eclipse
Practical 14 GEF Draw 2D