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 +====== E4 --> RCP4 ======
 +[[eclipse>​Rich_Client_Platform|Eclipse RCP]] has proven to be the premier cross-platform open tool for creating rich graphical desktop applications. ​ With [[eclipse>​Rich_Client_Platform|RCP]],​ developers can create graphical applications that look and feel native, with a richness that is still very hard to achieve on the Web.
 +However, [[eclipse>​Rich_Client_Platform|Eclipse RCP]] has also proven to be harder to program than most people would prefer. ​ Particularly,​ for CRUD-based line of business applications that need rich elements, the base [[eclipse>​Rich_Client_Platform|Eclipse RCP]] framework leaves many questions unanswered about architecture and code structure.
 +[[eclipse>​E4]] presents an opportunity to address these concerns and to take RCP to the next level.
 +===== Goal =====
 +One way to improve this situation could be to integrate existing Eclipse technologies inside a radically-productive Rails-style convention-over-configuration framework.
 +  * Make RCP as easy as Access(TM) but with a scalability,​ extensibility,​ etc., of Enterprise Java
 +  * Be able to target rich web as well as rich client applications
 +===== Platform =====
 +In [[blog:E4 and Web 2.0 - Is there a better way?]], I've taken a fairly in-depth look at the platform challenges.
 +At a lower level of granularity,​ there are concerns like the view/editor question that has been debated on Planet Eclipse lately. ​ [[When it does not make sense for an editor to span perspectives|I have a proposal to rectify this situation]].
 +===== How to do it =====
 +[[eclipse>​Rich_Client_Platform|Eclipse RCP]] currently lands on your computer as a bag of parts and a catalog listing many more parts (some free, some not).  If you know what to do with each of those parts to make your application,​ you can be highly productive. ​ But, the default configuration offers little assistance regarding how these parts should be most productively put together into a running build and test environment,​ much less a running application. ​ This suggests that:
 +   * Eclipse needs a "New RCP Application"​ wizard. ​ The output of this wizard will be several projects:
 +      * A headless build/test project based on PDEBuild. ​ This project will have an Ant script that can be run from within Eclipse or on a build server to generate nightly, milestone, and release builds. ​ Build output would be:
 +         * A sample Cruise Control configuration.
 +         * .zip, .tar.gz files for initial install.
 +         * An update site.
 +         * A deployable RAP-based WAR file of the application.
 +      * Default UI architecture for a CRUD application (what //does// that look like?).
 +      * Easier O/R mapping than Hibernate--much closer to ActiveRecord
 +      * User login / ability to integrate with firm single sign-on directories.
 +===== Technologies =====
 +The following technologies may or may not be useful toward implementing this vision:
 +  * [[GUI builder]]
 +  * [[Declarative UI]]
 +  * [[eclipse>​RAP]]
 +  * [[eclipseprj>​riena|Riena]]
 +  * [[Eclipse Data Binding]]
 +  * Richer, more scalable SWT [[table control]](s)
 +  * [[Report builder]] (BIRT)
 +  * Simple [[scripting]] (Scala, Ruby, JavaScript?​)
 +  * [[Modeling]] (EMF/GMF, ....)
 +  * Simple [[data persistence]]
 +  * Eclipse plugins to integrate all of this
 +====== E4 Summit ======
 +This is related to the work being proposed/​done at the upcoming [[eclipse>​E4/​Summit|E4 Summit]]
 +====== Useful Eclipse RCP Internal Links ======
 +   * [[blog:​Needed More Readable SWT Snippets]]
 +   * [[blog:​Eclipse Editors for Arbitrary Types]]
 +   * [[blog:​Implementing Login in RCP Applications]]
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