This is an exciting moment for me – the first book about Eclipse RAP has now finally arrived in print.
“Eclipse Rich Ajax Platform – Bringing Rich Clients to the Web” by Fabian Lange
A book is always a great endorsement for a technology. Having an author with no affiliation to the producers of the technology is even better. Nevertheless, when I read Fabians message that the book was now in print – and it had not worked out that one of the RAP committers acted as a reviewer – I felt a little bit uneasy. After the book finally arrived and having a look at it I must admit for no good reason ;-). I stumbled upon the usage of the word component in a way that seems rather uncommon, but it all makes sense if you take it as “ui component”. I have not followed the examples, but I am sure that Fabian did a great job there too.
The book touches all relevant aspects of RAP, and provides a concise guide for getting started with RAP. It includes a section on single sourcing RCP and RAP applications with some really valuable tips. It also touches on styling RAP applications and finishes with the deployment on application servers. With its volume of 150 pages it can’t provide a lot of depth, but it is really a great book to get started with RAP. RCP Developers with requirements to make their apps available in browsers and developers interested in evaluating RAP going beyond “Hello World” will get a really good bang for the buck. And the book is pretty much up to date with the current 1.2 developments.
Just in case anybody is interested in complementing Fabians book with an “Advanced development with Eclipse RAP” or “The Eclipse RAP compendium” – you should feel encouraged and we might be able to help. How about you Fabian?