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Eclipse 4 Plug-in Development by Example Beginner's Guide by Dr. Alex Blewitt

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Chapter 7. Understanding the Eclipse 4 Model

The last major change to Eclipse was with the 3.0 release when it migrated to OSGi. The Eclipse 4 model provides a significant departure from the Eclipse 3.x line, with the user interface being represented as a dynamic EMF model. In addition, both the model and views can be represented as simple POJOs with services provided by dependency injection. There is also a separate rendering mechanism which allows an E4 application to be hosted by different UIs, although we'll look at the SWT renderer specifically. In this chapter, we'll take a look at the differences and how you can evolve Eclipse plug-ins forward.

In this chapter we shall:

  • Set up an Eclipse 4 instance for development
  • Create an E4 application ...

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