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Eclipse Rich Client Platform: Designing, Coding, and Packaging Java™ Applications by Jean-Michel Lemieux, Jeff McAffer

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Foreword by John Weigand

We did not explicitly set out to create the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP). The Eclipse mission was to create a universal tool platform—an open, extensible integrated development environment (IDE). We wanted to make IDE creators successful by providing the “plumbing” so they could invest in providing new capabilities to their users. We wanted to be open so that anyone could contribute. We wanted to provide the right component model and building blocks to make contributing easy. We hoped for widespread adoption of Eclipse and the growth of a vibrant community of tool writers. Eclipse has delivered on each of these ambitions. We had one more goal: We wanted Eclipse to be used in ways we never imagined. The Eclipse

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