Eclipse Rich Client Platform

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The printed paperback edition is available worldwide via the ISBN 978-3943747133. You can order it electronically from Amazon.


This e-Book is available on Google Play and on Amazon as a Kindle Edition. As for the Kindle Edition, you can read it on a Kindle device or any other modern smartphone and tablet using the Kindle app.


This is the third edition of the RCP book based on Eclipse 4.4. With more than 800 pages this book has grown significantly in size and coverage. The exercises are extremely detailed, so that every reader should be able to follow along. The book covers everything you need to know about the Eclipse platform to successfully develop Eclipse 4 RCP applications.

This book gives a detailed introduction into the Eclipse platform and covers all relevant aspects of Eclipse RCP development. Every topic in this book has a content section in which the topic is explained and afterwards you have several exercises to practice your learning. You will be guided through all relevant aspects of Eclipse 4 development using an comprehensive example which you continue to extend in the exercises. You will learn about the new programming concepts of Eclipse 4, e.g. the application model, dependency injection, CSS styling, the renderer framework, the event system and much more. Proven Eclipse technologies like SWT, JFace viewers, OSGi modularity and services, data binding, etc. are also covered in detail. This book requires a working knowledge of Java and assumes that you are familiar in using the Eclipse IDE for standard Java development. It assumes no previous experience of Eclipse plug-in and Eclipse RCP development.

The material of this book has also been used in countless Eclipse RCP training sessions. In these sessions it has proven to be very effective in order to learn the Eclipse 4 platform.


Every book has errors/mistakes to a certain degree. You can find a list of the known bugs on the errata page of this book.

In case you find errors which have not yet been reported, please send an error report by email to: .

Errors might be one of the following:
  • Typographical errors
  • Examples that do not work as described in the book
  • Factual errors that are not open to interpretation

Author Background

Lars Vogel Portrait Lars Vogel is the founder and CEO of the vogella GmbH company. He is project lead of the Eclipse platform UI and e4 project, member of the Eclipse PMC and active developer of the Eclipse IDE and RCP framework. He loves to share his knowledge by writing tutorials, books and speaking on software conferences.

For the customers of the vogella GmbH he delivers development, consulting, coaching and training in the areas of Eclipse, Android and Git. These customers include Fortune 100 corporations as well as individual developers.

Lars is a nominated Java Champion since 2012. In 2010 he received the Eclipse Top Contributor Award and in 2012 the Eclipse Top Newcomer Evangelist Award.

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