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Eclipse Rich Client Platform, Second Edition by Chris Aniszczyk, Jean-Michel Lemieux, Jeff McAffer

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Chapter 2. Eclipse RCP Concepts

The Eclipse environment is very rich, but there are just a few concepts and mechanisms that are essential to Eclipse-ness. In this chapter we introduce these concepts, define some terminology, and ground these concepts and terms in technical detail. The ultimate goal is to show you how Eclipse fits together, both physically and conceptually.

Even if you are familiar with Eclipse, you might want to flip through this chapter to ensure that we have a common base of understanding and terminology. Writing RCP applications is subtly different from just writing plug-ins. You have the opportunity to define more of the look and feel, the branding, and other fundamental elements of Eclipse. Understanding these fundamentals ...

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