Introduction to Eclipse 4
Eclipse 4 (e4) is the next major release stream of the Eclipse RCP SDK. While Eclipse 3.x is great technology, the software landscape is changing, requiring core innovations within Eclipse. The Eclipse e4 team has taken on this challenge and reimplemented basic parts of the Eclipse Platform following new paradigms. The core goals of the project are to decrease complexity and to make Eclipse applications visually more appealing. Eclipse 4 introduces innovative programming techniques such as dependency injection, annotations and CSS styling. It reduces complexity by providing a consistent model of the workbench, based on EMF.
This course introduces the most important features of the new Eclipse Platform, highlights the major improvements over Eclipse 3.x and enables participants to develop applications based on Eclipse 4. Course participants will iteratively create an Eclipse 4 application including a workbench, views, menu items and services. The course will also show how the application can be styled using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Finally, participants will learn how innovations from Eclipse 4 can be integrated into existing applications which are based on Eclipse 3.x.
This course is designed by Eclipse project leads and committers. We keep a small class format (max. 6-8 participants) ensure you will gain a broad understanding of Eclipse 4 and receive plenty of individual support from our experts.
Basic experience with Eclipse RCP development or the equivalent course, is a prerequisite for this course.
Custom programs combining Eclipse RCP Development and Introduction to Eclipse 4 are available.
Duration: 2 days
Dates and Registration
Introduction to Eclipse 4 (2 days)
Munich: 27-28 May
Goals, Audience and Prerequisites
- Understand the fundamental innovations in the Eclipse 4 platform
- Apply the concepts of Eclipse 4 to building an application
- Experience the advantages of Eclipse 4 compared to Eclipse 3.x
- Learn how and when to introduce Eclipse 4 in a running project
- Gain an overview of Eclipse 4 technologies and frameworks in the Eclipse Ecosystem
- Developers who have not used Eclipse 4 before
- Developers who want to transfer their knowledge from RCP development in Eclipse 3.x to Eclipse 4 development
- Architects who are planning to implement Eclipse 4 technology in existing software projects
- Knowledge of Java and object-oriented programming
- Basic knowledge of RCP development in Eclipse 3.x
- Experience using the Eclipse IDE is beneficial
Eclipse 4 Overview
- Motivation for a new platform
- Core innovations
The Workbench Model
- Overview EMF (optional)
- Eclipse 4 Tooling
- Modeling an application
- Linking the workbench model to implementations
- Programmatically modifying the workbench model
- Extending a model using fragments
- The Eclipse context
- Manual injection
Programming with Annotations
- Handlers, Commands and Items
- Using existing services
- Declaring custom services
- Event Bus
- Eclipse 4 in 3.x
- Using Eclipse 4 technologies in 3.x
- Migrating to Eclipse 4
- Additional technologies
- Course Duration: 2 days
- Course structure: instructor led with at least 50% hands-on labs and tutorials
- Learn better in a small group: maximum 6-8 participants per instructor
- Equipment: participants supply their own computer with an up-to-date installation of Eclipse
Public courses offered in Germany are delivered in German. Other languages are available on request.